No to Newman. No to uranium mining.

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. Public Meeting: How unionists, students and environmentalists beat Bjelke-Petersen. When:             6pm Tuesday 14 May Where:            Trades and Labour Council Building L2, 16 Peel … Continue reading No to Newman. No to uranium mining.

17 Group postponed

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 … Continue reading 17 Group postponed

Foco: Student Worker Alliance in Brisbane in the late 1960s

This is a talk given by Peter Cross at a meeting of the 17 Group on 7 May 2013 about the Secretary of the Trades and labour Council, Alexander Macdonald’s role was in building links between the Trades Hall and the student movement. Comrades and Friends, Brisbane Labour History Association hopes everyone has had an … Continue reading Foco: Student Worker Alliance in Brisbane in the late 1960s

Council’s case against Homer reaches new depths

“Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.” ― Bertolt Brecht [Broadcast PShift Saturday 2 Mar 2013 4zzz fm 102.1 Friday at Noon] Homer was a busy dog this week, court appearances, Brisbane City Council appeals, tent embassy meetings, Homer even got in a game of … Continue reading Council’s case against Homer reaches new depths

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 – 13th January, 2013 - for more details go to Where and When and  Program

Interesting speakers about the 1972 recognition of China

Hi friends, 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 … Continue reading Interesting speakers about the 1972 recognition of China

Support the Workers at the Queensland Children’s Hospital (QCH) Site

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 … Continue reading Support the Workers at the Queensland Children’s Hospital (QCH) Site

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 February, she has come through five tortuous months. Her calm yet loving commitment to keeping … Continue reading Yes, Virginia, there are conspiracies

April 4th Meeting of the 17 Group

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? Remembering and teaching military history”. … Continue reading April 4th Meeting of the 17 Group

PUBLIC FORUM: Being smuggled to freedom: behind the anti-people smuggling rhetoric

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, … Continue reading PUBLIC FORUM: Being smuggled to freedom: behind the anti-people smuggling rhetoric

Public Forum — Being smuggled to freedom: Behind the anti-people smuggling rhetoric

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 Speakers include: Mark Plunkett, Qld barrister representing Indonesian fishermen, including juveniles, in people smuggling cases. Ian Rintoul, prominent refugee rights campaigner, Refugee … Continue reading Public Forum — Being smuggled to freedom: Behind the anti-people smuggling rhetoric

Lock the Gate

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 … Continue reading Lock the Gate

Man on Roof to Challenge Bank Sale of Community Centre

Friends of Ahimsa House Press Release At 10am on the morning of Wednesday 14th December 2011 Friend of Ahimsa House activist, Bernie Neville, will climb onto the roof of AHIMSA (Peace) House, 26 Horan Street, West End and hang a banner in opposition to the impending sale of this community space, slated to be finalised … Continue reading Man on Roof to Challenge Bank Sale of Community Centre

Capital against Capitalism: a conference of new Marxist research

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. Two other matters … Continue reading Capital against Capitalism: a conference of new Marxist research

Public Meeting – Leda development at Ipswich

Fellow concerned citizen, A Public Meeting will be held on Sunday 13th March, 4:30pm at Rangers Rugby Club, Woodend Park, Woodend Rd. To date, our elected representatives from local and state government have sympathised with our concerns about the gross inappropriateness of the Leda Development at North Ipswich: Riverlinks Central plans to build hundreds of … Continue reading Public Meeting – Leda development at Ipswich

Stradbroke needs your help now

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. … Continue reading Stradbroke needs your help now

Questions to the candidates in the Federal election 2010

Development Why do none of the political parties support ‘ecologically sustainable development’? Energy If the ALP and the federal Labor government support clean energy why is coal going gangbusters here in Queensland? Climate Change Do the candidates think that climate changes can be fixed under capitalism? War and Higher Education Why have political parties done … Continue reading Questions to the candidates in the Federal election 2010

NTEU Candidates Forum at UQ in Ryan

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 … Continue reading NTEU Candidates Forum at UQ in Ryan

Notes on Tibet in the Contemporary World

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. Dharamsala … Continue reading Notes on Tibet in the Contemporary World

20th Anniversary of Melbourne Tramways dispute

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 … Continue reading 20th Anniversary of Melbourne Tramways dispute

A ‘two-state solution’ to the Israel-Palestine conflict?

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 … Continue reading A ‘two-state solution’ to the Israel-Palestine conflict?

QRail not for sale!

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? Many Queenslanders oppose … Continue reading QRail not for sale!

St. Mary’s in Exile at the TLC [Queensland Council of Unions building]

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 … Continue reading St. Mary’s in Exile at the TLC [Queensland Council of Unions building]

Sri Lanka, Stop shelling hospitals – Peaceful Protest in Brisbane

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 … Continue reading Sri Lanka, Stop shelling hospitals – Peaceful Protest in Brisbane

Group of 17: Obama – yes, we can?

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. His … Continue reading Group of 17: Obama – yes, we can?

EcoCentre Forum – Creating a Sustainable Future

Please feel welcome to pass this invitation on to your friends and networks. Hi All, The EcoCentre is hosting the final Community Forum for the 2008 Series.  The Forum 'Creating a Sustainable Future', is a presentation by researcher, speaker and author, Graeme Taylor.  The free forum is on Thursday 4th December at 6.00pm.  Details are … Continue reading EcoCentre Forum – Creating a Sustainable Future

Rally: Free Lex Wotton!

Violence done to aboriginal persons has been condoned by at least two juries now. Once in the Hurley Trial and now in the Lex Wotton trial. Police came on to the island with high powered rifles, glock pistols, troop carriers, Tasers, to do violence against the community on Palm. They raid houses and arrest 23 people taking them off the island charging them without any evidence. Among them is Lex Wotton, his Mum is even charged. They manufacture the evidence with the aid of dope dealers and police informants. They threatened people with jail terms if they do not cooperate, they prey on the weak.