Category Archives: political economy

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G20: Brisbane, Antalya and Beyond

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Lesson’s of the Lucky Country ‘In a hot summer’s night in December 1964 I was about to write the last chapter of a book on Australia. The opening sentence of this last chapter was: ‘Australia is a lucky country, run … Continue reading

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On 9 October 2014 a magistrate issued a certificate of dismissal of two charges of maintaining the fire on the DOGIT in Musgrave Park on 18 December 2012 … this is because, on the first charge, a fire used for cooking is lawful under s6 of the Health Safety and Amenity Local Law Act 2009 because it falls within one of the exceptions of that Act.

Something that we have pointed out since the outset.

The second charge on 18 dec 2012 was dismissed because it is lawful to bring wood to a fire … there is no prohibition on bringing wood to the DOGIT under Health Safety and Amenity Local Law Act 2009.

At the trial this week I requested, through my lawyer, a certificate of dismissal of the charges under s 149 of the Queensland Justices Act to ensure that I could not be charged with those offences at some time in the future. I think that this should be a standard application by activists on political charges where police or council do not submit any evidence. As you all know, on too many occasions it has been the case that activists have turned up in court to hear that police or council are simply not going to present any evidence. And after all the hassle and stress people have left with no statement from the court. s 149 is one way this can be noted and recorded.

The dismissal of these charges is a small win but, I think you will agree, a significant one.

The magistrate has reserved his decision on the remaining three charges of lighting and maintaining the sacred fire … his decision, and more importantly, his reasons for decision will be crucial in understanding the legal status of the sacred fire on the DOGIT in Musgrave Park … I have published my reasons for this in this article. Continue reading

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Gomeroi elders pull no punches on Whitehaven coal

From Gomeroi Traditional Owners Gomeroi people protest at Whitehaven Coal office Gomeroi Traditional Owners will this morning hold a protest at the Whitehaven Coal office in Boggabri after what the Elders describe as Whitehaven’s failure to respect burial sites and … Continue reading

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The Great Money-Trick

Now. I am a Capitalist. And all these raw materials belong to me. Don’t matter for now how I got hold of them, or whether I have any right to them. Fact is that all the raw materials are now … Continue reading

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Peace, tourism and political games in Kashmir

While praise is heaped on tourism, its actual contribution to Kashmir’s economy is unknown [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera  – Opinion – Al Jazeera English] For a second summer in a row, the Indian establishment and media are agog with Kashmir’s bumper … Continue reading

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Why care about G-20? Some initial thoughts…

Dear Friends, Imagine if the leaders of all these countries, finance ministers and central bank govenors were meeting in your town to set the global economic agenda: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of … Continue reading

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Striking it Richer

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The Evolution of Top Incomes in the United States (Updated with 2012 preliminary estimates) Emmanuel Saez, UC Berkeley• September 3, 2013 The recent dramatic rise in income inequality in the United States is well documented. But we know less about … Continue reading

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Wed 3rd July Meeting of the 17 Group

The next meeting of the 17 Group will take place on Wednesday the 3rd of July at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End. The speaker, currently visiting from Chile, will be Penny Glass. Her topic … Continue reading

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Korea

I have resisted going here but given the hype and ignorance, I fear we shall need to lean on my little knowledge which remains a dangerous thing. First things first: THE BOMB. The Korean nuclear tests violate no international law. … Continue reading

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Childcare worker paid less than Coles ‘Checkout Chick’

In the lead up to the 2013 May Day, PShift is looking at various industries in which workers are struggling for better pay, conditions and more say in the workforce. We have begun with childcare and hope to move onto … Continue reading

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World’s greatest treasurer on Queensland Debt

PShift: Could please introduce yourself? Costello: Everyone knows who I am and that I was the world’s greatest treasurer from 1996 till 2007. I am currently conducting an audit of Queensland’s finances for the Campbell Newman government. PShift: Wasn’t it … Continue reading

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‘Qld Commission of Audit — not the full report’

[Editor’s Note: The Campbell Newman government appointed Peter Costello, former federal treasurer, to prepare the Qld Commission of Audit QCA report. An executive summary of this report was published on 28 Feb 2013. WBT publishes Qld Commission of Audit — … Continue reading

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PShift: Flood and Climate Change

PShift Broadcast 8 Feb 2013 This land is mine Yeah I signed on the dotted line Campfires on the creek bed Bank breathing down my neck They won’t take it away They won’t take it away They won’t take it … Continue reading

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PShift: Anarchist Summer School – what, where and when?

This discussion with organisers of the Brisbane Anarchist Summer School (BASS) was broadcast on the Paradigm Shift [Fridays at noon  on 4ZZZ fm 102.1] on 21 Dec 2012. What The Brisbane Anarchist Summer School will be held on 12th – … Continue reading

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PShift: The Story of Coal – beauty and the beast

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Anna came to this country and now she is left alone Her man had so much sickness he left some in their home It was just for a while until they got on their feet but the mine was a … Continue reading

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Uranium Again

[Editor’s Note: This was broadcast on the Paradigm Shift (4ZZZ fm 102.1 12 noon on Fridays) on 26 October 2012. It is part of a series of broadcasts on the The Politics of Repression and the Politics of Protest. ‘Uranium … Continue reading

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Queensland Uncut

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[Editor’s Note: This radio script was broadcast on PardigmShift, 4ZZZ fm 102.1 Fri at noon – 28 Sept 2012. Special thanks to Steve R. and Jess McPh for interviews, sound and help with this show. However I take responsibility for … Continue reading

QLD UNCUT Tonight’s meeting details!

Hi everyone,

**Queensland Uncut organising meeting**
Thursday 30 August, 6.30pm
QUT Gardens Point Campus – next to Parliament
B Block, Room 505

After the (thankfully!) tremendously successful Queensland Uncut rally last Thursday night, we can use tonight’s organising meeting to celebrate and debrief, and then focus our learnings and our attentions on our next two activities:

  • Queensland Uncut contingent to the Sept 12 rally for the union day of action – Meet 12.15, Queens Park George St
  • Queensland Uncut’s second protest rally – a weekend this time – 1pm Saturday 22 September, Kind George Square

There’s plenty of other things to talk about too – forums, teach-ins, building the network, upcoming media opportunities, fundraising, street stalls and campaigning, creative protest and artists stuff–hope to see you there!

**Queensland Uncut organising meeting**
Thursday 30 August, 6.30pm
QUT Gardens Point Campus – next to Parliament
B Block, Room 505
Map attached – call Emma 0422763225 or Tim 0411829319 for directions if needed

Gardens Point Map.pdf

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Latin America: the pink tide

Introduction I have much to say on Ecuador and Rafael Correa. In short though, I think two things stand out about Correa: a) Correa has a PhD in economics, speaks 7 languages and has written an excellent book attacking neoliberalism … Continue reading

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Back to the Future – The Shape of Things to Come – The Queensland Labour Movement Under Conservative Governments – Then and Now!

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BLHA Symposium: Call for Papers and Participants BLHA is planning an October symposium which will deal with the Queensland labour movement’s activism, challenges and selected disputes under conservative governments. We are calling for papers which deal with the broader topic … Continue reading

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Workers Audit of Qld Debt

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The Workers’ Audit A document by angry workers, for angry workers to debunk some audit commission myths. Is Qld $100 billion in debt? No. That is the projected borrowing figure for 2018-19 that the Queensland Commission of Audit (QCA)  came … Continue reading

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Rallies on Vic. building industry code and jobs in the mining industry

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 YouTube of Kevin Bracken’s (MUA, state secretary) speech on 4th July outside Parliament House in Melbourne during the building workers stop work and rally. About 12,000 construction workers at a stop work rally protested against Victorian government’s new building industry … Continue reading

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Failing Energy Policy and Climate Change – Why can’t Australia get it right?

Failing Energy Policy and Climate Change – Why can’t Australia get it right?? My take on this is that what we are seeing in Australia is a complete failure to implement good long term energy policy to support the development … Continue reading

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Sovereignty in Toomelah?

Over the weekend Corey joined members of the Brisbane Sovereign Embassy  on a trip out to Moree to do some embassy business, including spreading the message of sovereignty to the township of Toomelah.  Michael Anderson argues on this feature that the … Continue reading

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What’s the plan, comrades?

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I got a call from a friend this week asking if I had seen the front page of Wednesday’s Australian. It was covering the 2012 Federal Budget. His wife had rung him from work saying have a look at the … Continue reading

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Launch of Brisbane Workers Assembly

Meeting – Launch of Brisbane Workers Assembly Dear friends and comrades Recently a small group of us looked around and realised that we need to do something about the lack of self-organisation in the working class. Our decision has been … Continue reading

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Socialist Alternative Meeting: The Civil Rights Movement in America

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Today, despite America’s first Black president, there has been little change and there is now little hope for African Americans. They are bearing the brunt of the economic crisis, with unemployment among Blacks at almost 16 per cent, and with … Continue reading

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17 Group — problems of global capital and labour and their social impacts

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The May meeting of the 17 Group, a mere handful of days before the May Day March, on Wednesday the 2nd of May at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St West End will very seasonably deal with … Continue reading

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9 Theses on the Party

‘The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles’ — Marx and Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party

The organisation of the May Day celebrations in Brisbane is in disarray and needs to be fixed. 
 
Both the venue and the day are wrong. Musgrave Park and 1st May are better than the RNA showgrounds and 7th May.
 
There is pressure from employers and public service managers for Labour Day in Qld to be moved to later in the year.  They are happy to commemorate needless carnage on a beach in Turkey a hundred years ago and a day that is not the Queen’s birthday — anything but the international day of the workers and their unions. 
 
Other states in Australia have already made this concession.
 
The bosses argue that because Anzac Day (Wednesday, 25 April), Labour Day (Monday, 7 May) and the Queen’s birthday (Monday, 11 June) are close together, Labour Day should be moved.
 
Unions need involvement from community grps, but the ALP is wary because no community grp has reason to go to Labor in QLD anymore. The only stronghold left to the ALP is the unions and they are going to protect that to the detriment of rank and file workers.
 
Needless to say, community groups are victims of our own lack of organisation.
 
It is important that we bind together to improve the organisation of May Day.

in solidarity,
Ian Curr
0407 687 016

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Queensland: a state of mind

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[Editor’s Note: After the once-in-a-generation result in the 2012 Queensland state elections, it is timely to reprint Queensland: a state of mind by Humphrey McQueen. The Labor Party in Queensland was destroyed by the split with the catholics in the … Continue reading