In 1977 Bjelke-Petersen tried to stop the anti-uranium movement by banning
street marches. Unionists and students launched a defiant campaign which
gained community support. By August 1979 Petersen was forced to back-down.
How unionists, students and
environmentalists beat Bjelke-Petersen.
When: 6pm Tuesday 14 May
Where: Trades and Labour Council Building
L2, 16 Peel St, South Brisbane
Current and former activists speaking include:
Robin Taubenfeld, Friends of the Earth
Trevor Berrill, Sustainable Energy Consultant
Ian Curr, Leftpress
Dr Sigrid McCausland, lecturer
Jan Ryall, SEARCH Foundation
Video footage of the protests provided by Ian Curr of Left Press.… Go to Article
Though the 17 Group is a secular group with no affiliation to any religious group, it is of course friendly to the born-again Community of Queensland Originists.
Not for the first time therefore does it accommodate its loyal members who follow that persuasion by delaying its next meeting by one week, to allow them to observe one of their Holy Days (Nights rather) of Obligation.… Go to Article
Next Saturday 24th November the Australia China Friendship Society is running a seminar and reception (free) to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Whitlam Government recognition of China. Speakers include Graham Freudenberg (Gough’s speech writer), Manfred Cross (ex-MLA) and Prof Ron Keith from Griffith Asian Studies.
Let us know if you would like to attend (numbers for catering), and please circulate as widely as possible.… Go to Article
Queensland Children’s Hospital Dispute Leader Bob Carnegie will be Speaking at the Socialist Alternative Public Meeting on Tuesday (11 Sept 2012)
The community protest at the Queensland Children’s Hospital (QCH) site has lasted for 38 days. The workers are fighting for two things. The first is demanding Abigroup sign a union EBA, thereby replacing their non-union EBA currently in operation.… Go to Article
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 February, she has come through five tortuous months. Her calm yet loving commitment to keeping us up to date with the legal and extra-judicial proceedings inspires us all.… Go to Article
The next meeting of the 17 group will be held on Wednesday the 4th of April at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End. The speaker will be Adrian Skerritt, who will initiate discussion of the question “Was Australia’s war in the Pacific a “just” war?… Go to Article
Dear refugee supporters,
This is to inform you of our public forum which will review and analyse the rhetoric surrounding “people smuggling”. We are all influenced by what the media and politicians say about this, and RAC wants to provide an opportunity to rethink the whole business. Please come along yourselves, and invite your staff, volunteers, students, and where appropriate, your clients.… Go to Article
On this night like any other night
Maybe raining maybe clear
In a world exploding is any heart open?
Can you hear us, Can you hear?
— from article 14 by tony mockeridge
Mark Plunkett, Qld barrister representing Indonesian fishermen, including juveniles, in people smuggling cases.
Ian Rintoul, prominent refugee rights campaigner, Refugee Action Coalition, NSW.… Go to Article
Hi to all who may be about to come to Drew’s talk to the 17 Group on the 1st of February. Here is a text by Drew that might spark some thoughts with which to prepare for the discussion that will follow the talk:
Imagine a situation where certain resource extraction industries – coal and coal seam gas – have potentially massive environmental impacts on underground and surface water, agricultural land and biodiversity with ecosystem collapse in a part of the Great Barrier Reef world heritage area and thousands of hectares of precious old growth bushland cleared.… Go to Article
Fire Brigade Employees Union, Sydney, 25 June 2011
as reported by Humphrey McQueen
In memory of a life-long sparring partner – Bob Gould
[This report does not summarise all the twenty-one papers. Instead, I reflect on three themes from the proceedings: 1. radical pedagogy; 2. Idealism versus Materialism; 3. the tertiary trained.… Go to Article
From Dear SIMO members and friends
We must let the State government know urgently there is wide support for national park on North Stradbroke Island and for ending mining. If you have already sent in a submission, we’re asking you to send another and to ask your colleagues, friends and family to write as well.… Go to Article
Why do none of the political parties support ‘ecologically sustainable development’?
If the ALP and the federal Labor government support clean energy why is coal going gangbusters here in Queensland?
Do the candidates think that climate changes can be fixed under capitalism?
War and Higher Education
Why have political parties done so little to stop the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?… Go to Article
Liberals Shun forum on Higher Education
Both the sitting Liberal (now independent) Michael Johnson and the new Liberal candidate for Ryan, Jane Prentice did not take part in the policy forum on Higher Education.
The president of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) UQ branch Andrew Bonnell said that perhaps the Liberals didn’t turn up because they have not released a higher education policy in the 2010 election (so far).… Go to Article
Professor Colin Mackerras spoke at a lunch organised by the Australia-China friendship Society at Adam’s Oriental Restaurant South Brisbane on Sunday 1st August 2010.
Prof. Mackerras is a Chinese speaker and frequent visitor to our northern neighbour.
He spoke mainly about Tibet and specifically about a visit to Dharamsala in India in April 2010.… Go to Article
by Peter Riley and Margaret Creagh
On the night (Saturday 30th January 2010) I brought along some memorabilia: photos, documents, clippings from news media from the time (of the dispute).
We showed these at Camp Eureka site of Community & Union Solidarity event over the Easter weekend last year; and prior to that at a Workers Control conference in Sydney several years ago.… Go to Article
The following is a report of an ALP/Union Forum titled A two state solution to the Israel Palestine conflict held at Qld parliament on Remembrance Day, 11th November 2009.
The forum was well attended by about 100 people from unions and by ALP members and people from the community.
There were current and former ALP MLAs and councillors and union officials present.… Go to Article
A few weeks ago the State Government announced it wants to privatise Queensland Rail (other than passenger services), Queensland Motorways, the Port of Brisbane, Forestry Plantations Queensland and the Abbot Point Coal Terminal.
If it gets away with selling these assets, what will be next – the electricity industry, our water supply?… Go to Article
The July Meeting of the 17 Group –
Wednesday the 1st of July at 7pm in
Unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End.
The topic: “ St. Mary’s in Exile at the TLC [Queensland Council of Unions building]”. The speakers will be the two priests who were deprived of their former roles as the administrators and celebrants at St Mary’s church, namely Peter Kennedy and Terry Fitzpatrick.… Go to Article
Sri Lanka, Stop shelling hospitals – Peaceful Protest in Brisbane
Monday the 18th May at 12noon- 2pm
Starting at the area in front of Queensland state parliament
Sunday, 10 May: “More than 2,000 innocent civilians have been killed in the last 24 hours. The wholesale bombardment by Sri Lankan planes and shelling on a densely populated, non combatant civilian safe zone is state terrorism and a war crime,” said S.… Go to Article
The April Meeting of the 17 Group on Wednesday the 1st of April at 7pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End will be addressed by Merv Partridge, who is not long back from the United States where he closely observed and recorded on videotape the recent election campaign of Barack Obama.… Go to Article
Please feel welcome to pass this invitation on to your friends and networks.… Go to Article
Free Lex Wotton!
A Rally was held on 1 November 2008 in Brisbane.
Then a Rally was held on 7 November 2008 in Townsville, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, London, Santiago (Chile) and all around the world. Here are the Melbourne, Brisbane T’vlle, Palm Island and NZ Rallies (among others) —
To see photos of the rally in Brisbane see http://www.flickr.com/photos/lookingleft… Go to Article