Before all the others to come, there were some unexceptional flowers hand-wrapped in white tissue paper. A breeze whispered up Albert Street. The steps leading up to the blood stains were steep and had a left hand turn. The position of the blood stains at the top of the blue-stone stairs suggested that the death was not as a result of a fall.… Go to Article
It was a pretty brutal place, but there was no slavery in Australia.
– Prime Minister Scott Morrison
“This is about Aunty Dawn Daylight’s experiences as a child slave at the All Hallows’ convent in Brisbane in the 1950’s and 60’s. Aboriginal slavery was common and legal at that time.
If you go through the transcript there are photographs and documents which add to the story.… Go to Article
Story and Drawings by Nyree Divitini
This book was written by Nyree who was then aged six years.
It is published here to encourage other young imaginations.
Library of Congress Number: 064602289X
Published by Learn Press
P.O. Box 5093
West End 4101
Picture Book… Go to Article
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.
The October meeting of the 17 Group will take place on Wednesday the 3rd of October at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St West End. Tony Reeves, non-fiction author and journalist, will address the topic “New Questions about Recent Wars”.
Here are a short summary and some biographical information:
Summary : new questions about recent wars
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 as well as more focussed papers on particular disputes and events.… Go to Article
Queensland public sector unions say up to 20,000 workers employed by state government are losing their jobs as a result of the government cuts.
MORE than 2000 staff are being sacked at Queensland Rail, with the State Government 30 per cent of workers to be placed on the dole queue.
Looking at the politics of the job cut decisions, WBT wants to give workers a chance to tell what effect this has on our lives.… Go to Article
Bahraini refugees call for ”understanding” as they rally against mandatory detention in Sydney today
Bahraini Australian Youth Movement joins World Refugee Day Rally in Sydney
Three audio interviews with Bahraini refugees are attached and permissible for use
Refugee rights supporters gathering in Sydney today to mark World Refugee Day will be joined by the Bahraini Australian Youth Movement who are calling for more ‘’understanding’’ from the Australian people about the plight of refugees in this country.… Go to Article
“People of Jenin, all the citizens of Jenin and the refugee camp, this is Jenin-grad. Your battle has paved the way to the liberation of the occupied territories”. — PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, addressing a gathering of about 200 people in Jenin.
The ‘1948 refugees’ live in Nablus in some of the biggest camps in Palestine.… Go to Article
Drew Hutton, Green historian and activist, will launch Sir Joseph Banks and the Question of Hemp by Dr John Jiggens at Avid Reader, Boundary Street, West End, on Tuesday April 24 at 6pm.
Sir Joseph Banks and the Question of Hemp examines the way the hemp question directed Britain’s colonial policy and naval strategy between 1776 and 1815, a period when Britain lost its first empire in the US and began a second empire, centred on the Pacific.
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 this Thursday the 15th December.… Go to Article
The rally for refugees at the national Labor Party conference is now just over a week away. We are pleased to be able to announce that Ged Kearney, President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions has now confirmed to speak. Also, for those who can’t make it on the march, please come direct to the Darling Harbour convention centre, which is where our main speakers will appear, outside the Labor conference.… Go to Article
|MONDAY DEC 5th. *from 8.30 a.m. *Solidarity Vigil for Julian Assange, High Court, The Strand, London
An anti-war solidarity vigil will be held outside the High Court, The Strand, London on Monday Dec 5th against the extradition of Julian Assange. The vigil is organised by Veterans for Peace http://veteransforpeace.org.uk/ and London Catholic Worker http://londoncatholicworker.org/
the 45th anniversary of the wave hill walk-off and 9 year strike, the longest in australia i believe.
back in 1966 we were into the 17th year of the menzies (pig iron bob) federal government and there was no government sympathy for aborigines and land claims nor workers on strike. the only message from the liberal government was to return to work for lord vesty and a promise of one pound per week (1966 = $2) to be paid at some future date.… Go to Article
by Gerry Georgatos
It is indeed now common knowledge that Australian adult prisons are incarcerating children as young as 13. The human rights struggle to free these children from our adult prisons has been an arduous one, with the major obstacle the Australian government and the horrific prejudices and stereotypes they have shoved down throats so as to perceptually modify views.… Go to Article
The international celebration of UN Human Rights Day, observed annually on 10th December to mark the anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A public forum to support the human rights of the Tamils of Sri Lanka, including those who seek safety in Australia.… Go to Article
We call on people who support community organisation to help defend AHIMSA house at 26 Horan Street West End from unconscionable sale by Challenger Bank, now owned by National Australia bank by signing the petition below.
Following attendance at the auction of AHIMSA house which was passed in, two letters have been sent to the Premier with a simple request about a shocking embezzlement by ‘friends’ of the owner in cohort with the bank.… Go to Article
“They lie, the men who tell us, for reasons of their own,
That want is here a stranger, and that misery’s unknown;
For where the nearest suburb and the city proper meet
My windowsill is level with the faces in the street”
— ‘Faces In The Street’ by Henry Lawson
In 1969, Labor Mayor of Brisbane, Clem Jones, declared that the Brisbane City Council (BCC) was going to shut down the trams.… Go to Article
This story I’m about to tell,
About a bloke you all know well.
A Union Rep. here on the job
And known by all of us as Bob.
He fought the cause on our behalf,
With his neck stuck out like a big giraffe.
An upright man he’d stand and fight,
As he knew the cause he fought was right
— from ‘Bob Walker: The twenty-third point’ by Poet Unkown
Robert (Bob) Walker was born at Hopetown, Victoria, on the 11th October 1924.… Go to Article
Les Malezer has sent this interesting article around and so I reprint it here. I hope the National Geographic Society do not mind, I notify the editor of that magazine and credit the author (Charles Bowden) and photographer (Jack Dykinga) here. This may infringe copyright, I don’t know but the force of the article begs that it be distributed widely.… Go to Article
Between the idea And the reality Between the motion And the act Falls the Shadow
Yesterday, Sunday 15 August 2010, I went to a rally and march against global warming in Brisbane’s King George Square (KGSq).
KGSq, or Fred Patterson* Square as we used to call it in the street march days, is a horrible place to have a rally — gone are the lawn and the water fountain now replaced by warm glare and ugly, hot, grey, brick pavement.… 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
The Paradigm Shift on the Intervention (NTER)
By the paradigmshift on August 8th, 2010
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In early July there was a Defending Indigenous Rights Conference in Mparntwe (Alice Springs), Northern Territory, so this week we spoke to two people from Brisbane who participated: Ewan and Tanya of the Aboriginal Rights Coalition.
The Conference was in opposition to the on-going Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER), more commonly known as the Intervention, which was initiated by the Howard government in 2007.