When Joh went to Uni

In 1980 or 1981, Bjelke-Petersen went to University of Queensland guarded by Qld Special Branch. Joh’s visit was controversial as the questions from the news media suggest. We have secured historic footage of the event.

Standing behind Joh during the interview was Constable Gary Hannigan, previously from Sandgate CIB and the youngest ever undercover detective and member of the Qld Special Branch.… Go to Article

No to Newman. No to uranium mining.

CANPIn 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 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

Meeting facilitator:
Jan Ryall, SEARCH Foundation

Video footage of the protests provided by Ian Curr of Left Press.… Go to Article

“Taking to the Streets” Exhibition

Uranium Picket at Hamilton Wharf in August 1977 - 2“Taking to the Streets – two decades that changed Brisbane 1965 – 1985”Museum of Brisbane Exhibition 2006.

The exhibition was opened on 6 April 2006. After an extended season and over 80,000 visitors later the exhibition was closed on Sunday 10 September 2006. Many took advantage of the last days to see the Taking to the Streets exhibition.… Go to Article

Lost film of the street marches

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 from Paradise
And the storm keeps blowing the angel backwards into the future
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Qld Nuke-free Campaigner & Action Monday

Hello nuclear-free and peace friends,

As this week marks the anniversary of the Newman government backflip on uranium on uranium, I just wanted to share some good news with you and send a quick reminder about Monday’s action! The good news and action info are below! Also, remember: the Friends of the Earth (FoE) Peace, Nuclear-Free and Clean Energy (PACE) Collective meets and works every Weds at FoE – 20 Burke Street Woolloongabba from 10:30am – Join Us!… Go to Article

Historic film: If U Don’t Fight U Lose

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 the CLCC Media Committee. Apologies for the lack of picture clarity and dropout during this video.… Go to Article

Face to Face with Fukushima

Face to Face with Fukushima: Brisbane
Public Forum
March 12, 2013 11am
The Premier’s Hall -Qld Parliament House
Alice St @ George St, Brisbane

As the Qld government makes motions to open a uranium mining industry in this state, the anniversary of the ongoing disaster at Fukushima serves as a timely reminder of the dangers of the nuclear industry…

The Fukushima Delegation will share firsthand accounts and experiences of the Fukushima nuclear disaster that occurred following the Tsunami that devastated East Japan on March 11, 2011.

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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.


The Brisbane Anarchist Summer School will be held on 12th – 13th January, 2013 – for more details go to Where and When and  Program

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PShift: the story of coal and land rights

Whose land is this land
is it for you and me
who knows, who knows this land
better than you and me.
The spirit of this land is strong
for you and me;
to understand this land
is up to you and me.
To find the owner of this land
is up to you and me.”
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Return to Idinthakarai

Publisher’s Note: Recently (2012) David Bradbury and Treena Lenthall visited a village in Southern India where the people are being persecuted for their nonviolent resistance to nuclear power plants. They are on the very spot where a tsunami killed 2000 people in 2003. Attached is David’s report. – Jim Dowling


I knew we were in trouble when the young auto-rickshaw driver pulled his vehicle off to the side of the road to take a phone call.… Go to Article

May the 1st Club

WERC - May 1st Club
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 democratic rights struggles in the 1970s.

May 1st featured live music, readings, poetry and talks on local and international themes.… Go to Article

Politics of Repression

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 Bjelke-Petersen to a former Miss Australia whom he accused of having communist sympathies because of her stance against uranium mining and export.… Go to Article

1982 Commonwealth Games Land Rights Protests

A note to indigenous people, this film contains images of people who are deceased.

LeftPress would like to acknowledge the Jagera and Torrubul people on whose land this film was shot – land never ceded to the colonisers. A note to indigenous people, this film contains images and songs of people who are deceased.… Go to Article

URGENT: Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy supporters needed at Musgrave Park

Brisbane City Council to try to forcibly remove Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy supporters urgently needed at Musgrave Park

14 May 2012

Brisbane City Council has turned its back on negotiations with the Brisbane Sovereign Embassy over its right to exist in Musgrave Park, South Brisbane.

This afternoon at around 4pm, Luke Bell from Brisbane City Council told the Embassy by phone that negotiations were off and that Council would be forcibly removing the Embassy in the near future.… Go to Article

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 and sound track of 4ZZZ’s  initial broadcast on 8 December 1975.Go to Article

Vale Bryan Law

"Can't add my name into the fight while I'm gone
So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here
And I won't be laughing at the lies when I'm gone
And I can't question how or when or why when I'm gone"
-'when i'm gone' by phil ochs

Ciaron O’Reilly has penned a eulogy to Bryan Law who passed away this week.… Go to Article