Category Archives: Political Stories

From HC’s – a lunch time gathering of people who work in Brisbane city

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Protected: Conscience, Law and Order — “hiding in the thickets of the law”

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Film: Manufacturing Dissent

Source: Thanks to The Radical Times Archive for Debra Beattie’s doco Manufacturing Dissent. “History is an angel being blown backwards into the future History is a pile of debris And the angel wants to go back and fix things To … Continue reading

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Lost film of the street marches

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History is an angel being blown backwards into the future History is a pile of debris And the angel wants to go back and fix things To repair the things that have been broken But there is a storm blowing … Continue reading

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Historic film: If U Don’t Fight U Lose

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The video you see was put together after the Queensland state election in 1977. The video you see was shot and edited under difficult circumstances over 35 years ago, after the Queensland state election in 1977. It was compiled by … Continue reading

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Idle No More, Invasion Day – the mixtape

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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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May the 1st Club

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Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s there was a need for political culture. In West End appeared the the first coffee club in Brisbane – May the 1st Club which was a regular event organised by activists from the … 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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Politics of Repression

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We Have Survived by NO FIXED ADDRESS Politics of Repression was broadcast on Paradigm Shift on 4ZZZ fm 102.1 Friday at noon on 12 October 2012 “If you fly with the crows, you’ll get shot with the crows.” – Joh … Continue reading

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Refugee Italian Detention in Australia

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As we struggle to understand our nations obsession with detention, it is helpful to examine who else in our short history we have chosen to lock away “in the national interest”. Australia a nation founded on the need for England … Continue reading

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Living in the Colonies — What’s Left?

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PShift 4zzz  fm 102.1 fridays at noon Living in the Colonies, What’s Left? Paradigm Shift Part I 12 Sept 2012 “Whose land is this land is it for you and me who knows, who knows this land better than you … Continue reading

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Vale Michael Callaghan (1952 – 2012)

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In Memorium: Michael Callaghan (1952 – 2012) It is with regret that we mourn the passing of the Australian political artist and poster designer, Michael Callaghan. He died on 19 May 2012 at age 59. As shocking as death always … Continue reading

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Yes, Virginia, there are conspiracies

By Humphrey McQueen(Text of speech at Canberra Friends of Wikileaks, Coombs Lecture Theatre, Australian National University, 27 June 2012.) Once more, I have the honour of sharing a platform with Christine Assange. Since we were at the Sydney meeting in … Continue reading

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Open Letter to Multi-Cultural Development Association (MDA)

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Yesterday I attended World Refugee Day Community Festival at Annerley Soccer Oval. I approached Red Cross, Amnesty International , 4EB, Palestinian Arts, Culture and Science Incorporation asking if they would help me with a Petition to free Ridha! by placing … Continue reading

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Radical Memory Collective

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PRESENTS FREE FILMS At Brisbane City Council Library, Brisbane Square Saturday, 19th May Community Room, Ground Floor 1:30—2:30 p. m FREE VOICE OF LABOUR Tells the history of the Jewish Anarchist workers’ newspaper that was published for 87 years in … 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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The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll

‘Two sides of every story’? Related to this title is the the death of the man who ‘inspired’ the song by Bob Dylan.Compare the facts as told by Dylan and those described in The Times (Ben Hoyle January 12, 2009 … Continue reading

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Campbell Newman and Bligh – a ‘quinella’ of losers

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“In the courtroom of honor, the judge pounded his gavel To show that all’s equal and that the courts are on the level And that the strings in the books ain’t pulled and persuaded And that even the nobles get … Continue reading

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e-Books by Bernie Dowling — a Review

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Some new release eBooks are worth having a look at. Thanks to the author, these reviews preserve the rich content that readers obtain when they use eReaders [hyperlinks, YouTube] I have turned off embedded ‘text enhance’ messages which I do … Continue reading

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4ZZZ’s Opening Statement in 1975

And something is happening here But you don’t know what it is Do you, Mister Jones ? — ‘ballard of a thin man’ by bob dylan Editor’s Note: Thanks to the efforts of Peter Gray we now have the transcript … Continue reading

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‘Poultry’ pay not OK: Baiada workers on why they’re striking

‘Poultry’ pay not OK: Baiada workers on why they’re striking By Sue Bolton From Green Left Weekly, Saturday, November 19, 2011 The main slogan on the Baiada workers’ picket line in Melbourne’s western suburbs is “No more $10! No more … Continue reading

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‘The Golden Age wound down during 1854…’

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[Editor’s Note: Here is another excellent story of how the workers of Kyneton, a central Victorian town, fought back against economic depression in the middle of the 19th century. Why do I feel that Humphrey McQueen’s words could easily describe … Continue reading

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Red Scare – Cold War Politics & the 1951 Referendum

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1.00-5.00pm Saturday 8 October 2011 QCA Lecture Theatre, Qld College of Art, Griffith University, 226 Grey St, South Bank. (opposite South Bank train station) Free admission Red Scare Flier October 2011 V1

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Trifecta at 608 Brunswick Street

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‘608 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley’ — a story about a share house in Brisbane in the late 1970s and early 1980s by Ian Curr “No reason to get excited,” the thief, he kindly spoke, “There are many here among us … Continue reading

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Streets of Our Town

Radio Station 4ZZZ (FM 102.1) is running a radiothon under the theme ‘Streets of Our Town’. Local writer, Bernie Dowling, puts his own spin on the streets of greater Brisbane in the Crime Thriller Iraqi Icicle. These stories are to … Continue reading

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Apartheid = separateness

Paradigm Shift on 4ZZZ 102.1FM Brisbane (goes to air 12 Noon Fridays)- a show hosted by Thomas & Eliza Listening to ABC News radio this evening. Heard that four Israeli citizens were caught up in Christchurch earthquake last year. Sadly … Continue reading

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Vale Bob Gould

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Version in the Marxist Archive (Andy Blunden) In 1991 Bob Gould sold me his last copy of Ernie Lane’s Dawn to Dusk – Reminiscences of a Rebel. This was the one published by Clarrie Beckingham in 1939. Bob recommended that … Continue reading

The failure of stereotype

During Israeli Apartheid Week 2011 in Brisbane, there was a teach-in at Kelvin Grove campus of Qld University of Technology. During her presentation, Samah (Australians for Palestine) asked the audience “Who here is a student?” In an audience of 25 people two young men put up their hands. In order to get an idea of the composition of her audience, Samah, an experienced advocate, also asked who is from a church or community group. Continue reading

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Qaddafi in Defeat

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The reality is we are all one humanity.  Barbarity or military society is not confined to low society or to tribal life. People of modern states may like to view indigenous peoples as backward. This is not true. No matter what society, whether it be economically developed or undeveloped, all are capable of repression, but only the most highly developed are capable of imperial blunders. The Romans did so when they laid waste to Carthage. The US likewise when they destroyed Iraq. Continue reading

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Alberto Granado es en el otro lado del río

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Alas, comrade, you have left us to go to the other side of the river. So many years after Che. You have inspired many of us to follow your path. I remember Che’s MotorCycle Diaries sent to me so long … Continue reading