PShift: End to Country — Energy Policy in Queensland

“If we don’t change direction soon,
we’ll end up where we’re heading”

— IEA Energy Outlook, 2011

Over the past five years, the Queensland government has spent over $6.9 billion subsidising port, rail, road and other infrastructure for the benefit of the fossil fuel industry.

ALP taking more from single parents than from mining companiesThis heavily subsidised industry is now taking jobs away from other sectors as the high Australian dollar, due to the mining boom, causes other sectors such as manufacturing to contract.Go to Article

17 Group: 7th of March Meeting

The March 2012 Meeting of the 17 Group will take place on Wednesday the 7th of March at 7pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St in West End on the topic of energy policy in relation to the Queensland State Election. It will be addressed by energy researcher Trevor Berrill, who gave three excellent talks to the group last year.… Go to Article

BOOK LAUNCH: Solar Electricity Consumer Guide by Trevor Berrill


Book launch speaker:
John Grimes the CEO for Australia Solar Energy

Date & Time:
30th June 2pm

Osprey House
, Brisbane

RSVP Marcus Cundy-Cooper on

Advanced copies will be available for purchase at this event.

Books on sale in newsagents nationally from 1st July for eastern states, SA
and WA 4th July.… Go to Article

Greens promise to stop sand mining on Straddie

Will the Greens  stop sand mining on Straddie and restore the land to the Quandamooka people?

During the federal election campaign Larissa Waters (elected as a QLD Senator) promised to stop the state government from allowing sand mining on North Stradbroke Island and to restore the land to its rightful owners, the Quandamooka people.… Go to Article

ETU campaign for Aboriginal electrician and community leader in Bamaga sacked by Ergon Energy

Hi Everyone,

Here’s a short video by the ETU, on behalf of Tommy Sebasio.

Tommy, an Aboriginal electrician and key figure in his community of Bamaga, worked for Ergon Energy for 20 years, running the power and electricy network for the whole Northern Peninsula.

Tommy and ETU played a key role in highlighting the Safety and Enviroment issues in the Far North QLD, most of which are still outstanding.… Go to Article

ALP and Liberal show no respect for the land nor any recognition of its people

On 5 August 2010 the National Press Club hosted a debate about sustainable population in Australia. Neither the Minister for Population & Agriculture, Tony Burke (ALP), nor the shadow Minister Scott Morrison (Lib) made any mention of the original inhabitants of Australia before colonization.

Neither politician even bothered to acknowledge the original owners of the lands that their policies are going to populate.… Go to Article

Brisbane Hiroshima Day Rally

Hiroshima Day
Peace Rally and March


Saturday 7th August

Brisbane Square – George Street
(top o’ Queen St Mall ) Brisbane

Welcome to Country
Music! Combined Unions Choir
Speakers: Darambal Elder – Aunty Jeanette Yow Yeh, a Member of Atomic Ex-servicemen’s Association

and film screening

“When the Dust Settles” a 37 mins DVD unmasking the hidden dangers behind uranium mines…
presented by Peter Simpson – Electrical Trades Union

During World War II, the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan were destroyed by atomic bombs dropped by the United States military on August 6 and August 9 respectively , killing at least 100,000 civilians outright and many more over time.

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From where does change come?

“Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground” — from ‘Fire and Rain’ by James Taylor.

We were reminded yesterday that the Australian people do not choose the Australian Prime Minister.

Kevin Rudd was elected as the member for Griffith by about 30 or 40 thousand people voting for him.Go to Article