Fear and caution on Facebook…

Hello Workers, You may get an invitation from Facebook with the WBT logo on it. Despite the self serving ads by the Facebook team I can offer nothing but fear and caution about Facebook. It is far too personal. For  mine, the personal is not political. Readers, exercise the utmost caution on Facebook. If you … Continue reading Fear and caution on Facebook…

Workers BushTelegraph going into recess till Invasion Day, 26 Jan 2009

Workers BushTelegraph is in recess from Human Rights Day 2008 (the rally and march is on Saturday 13 December 2008) till next year, perhaps Invasion Day on 26 January 2009, or later - March 2009 even. I am not sure. If you have any more articles or missiles for 2008, please send them soon. Thanks … Continue reading Workers BushTelegraph going into recess till Invasion Day, 26 Jan 2009

Aboriginal Land Rights — short films

Gary Foley on Land Rights YouTube - Alex Bond interviews Gary Foley. 1982 Land Rights Struggle YouTube - Gary Foley speaks at a 1982 Commonwealth Games demonstration. 1982 Land Rights Struggle - Brisbane Commonwealth Games -  speakers: Neville Bonner, Mick Miller, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Susan Ryan, Cheryl Buchanan and Gary Foley.

Celebration of the Life and Works of Palestinian Poet and Hero Mahmoud Darwish

Saturday, September 20, 12:00 P.M Brisbane Square Library (central City) NQG Tiered Theatrette Auditorium Brisbane Square - 266 George Street أربعينية الشاعر محمود درويشستقام أربعينية الشاعر الراحل محمود درويش يوم السبت الموافق 20.9.2008 على  مسرح مكتبة بريزبن العامة . Brisbane Square Library (central City) التجمع الثقافي في ولاية كوينزلاند (ثقافة بلا حدود) Boundless Culture Invites … Continue reading Celebration of the Life and Works of Palestinian Poet and Hero Mahmoud Darwish

Human Trafficking in Australia

PUBLIC MEETING: ALL WELCOME International Expert on Human Trafficking Sister Pauline Coll to speak on: Human Trafficking in Australia Saturday, September 6th 11:30 – 1:00 pm Meeting Room Ground Level, Brisbane City Library Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom is pleased to announce that Sister Pauline Coll will be our guest speaker at our … Continue reading Human Trafficking in Australia

Get up: Save the Mary River!

Carry the Climate Torch Did you know the climate impact of Traveston Dam would = 73,000 new cars on the road every year? We can’t let this happen! Make a statement that can’t be ignored…. Join the Human Sign on Dayman Beach !! Fathers Day, Sunday, 7 Sep 08 Fathers Day Fun from 1pm: · … Continue reading Get up: Save the Mary River!

And the Wankley Award goes to… Paul Sheehan

Jane Nethercote writes: Sydney Morning Herald columnist Paul Sheehan had many things to say on Monday about the challenge of migration. But the last paragraph -- where he called some refugees "parasites" -- stole the show. Sure, the overall tone of his piece was alarmist. Eg. "Under the Rudd Government, Australia's net immigration intake is … Continue reading And the Wankley Award goes to… Paul Sheehan


WE “R” REMINDING “U” !!! Important COMMUNITY NOTICE MEN’S august BREAKFAST ALL men WELCOME All colour, all races, all creeds SATURDAY 9th. august Orleigh park, On the river at west end 8AM Donate or bring a plate COME ALONG AND ENJOY A HOT BREAKFAST, SPEAKERS AND INFORMATION SESSIONS BRING YOUR SON, NEPHEW, GRANDSON All MEN … Continue reading HEY BRO ! HEY UNCLE !

Cuban Trade Union representative in Brisbane

The Australia Cuba Friendship Society (Brisbane) invites you to meet GILDA CHACON Cuban Trade Union representative for Asia-Pacific Gilda Chacon is visiting Brisbane at the invitation of the ETU. The Australia-Cuba Friendship Society is hosting an evening with Gilda where you can hear about the Cuban Trade Union Movement. Come along and invite others who … Continue reading Cuban Trade Union representative in Brisbane

Phil Monsour and Band — the empire’s new clothes

You are invited to the live video recording of Phil Monsour and his band performing songs from his new album the empire's new clothes on the 23rd of August starting at 7pm at Ahimsa House in West End. The night will include a delicious Middle Eastern meal. The DVD produced from the event will feature … Continue reading Phil Monsour and Band — the empire’s new clothes

Poetry in Motion: Day of solidarity with Cuba

Australia–Cuba Friendship Society (Brisbane) invites you to — Celebrate the beginning of the Cuban Revolution — the 55th anniversary of the assault on the Moncada Barracks. Saturday July 26 3.00 p.m. Ahimsa House 26 Horan St, West End A program of Cuban poetry and music, with food and drinks http://www.acfs-brisbane.org.au

Brisbane’s Radical Books

Radical simply means ‘grasping things at the root. - Angela Davis "These students believe in democracy and most importantly they believe in the maximum participation for the individual. Believing that democracy is a continuous process that does not finish at the polls they are prepared at any time to check abuses by working through the … Continue reading Brisbane’s Radical Books

‘Our Rights at Work’ not dead, yet

Victorian Trade Hall Unions back CFMEU official, Noel Washington The Victorian Trades Hall Council has called a meeting of delegates from all unions to discuss the union movement's response to the anti-union Australian Building and Construction Commission, which is attempting to jail CFMEU official, Noel Washington. The meeting will also discuss the ongoing 'Your Rights … Continue reading ‘Our Rights at Work’ not dead, yet

Who supports a market solution for Climate Change?

Prof Ross Garnaut told about 1000 people assembled in the Brisbane City Hall on 11 July 2008 that the ‘centrepiece of our [the federal government] response to climate change is an Emissions Trading Scheme [ETS]. See https://bushtelegraph.wordpress.com/2008/07/11/garnaut-on-climate-change-the-market/ Who supports a market solution for Climate Change? Where is the evidence that the market will be able … Continue reading Who supports a market solution for Climate Change?

Venezuela solidarity

Eyewitness public forum May Day in Cuba and Venezuela First-hand accounts of the massive marches of workers on May 1 this year, featuring: SCOTT WILSON, ETU organiser who was in Havana on May Day; and CORAL WYNTER, AVSN activist who was in Caracas on May Day Wed July 9, 7pm CEPU Auditorium, Cnr Peel and … Continue reading Venezuela solidarity

The Situation in Burma

Invites you to its Monthly Community Forum Topic: The Situation in Burma Guest Speaker: Dave Andrews Date: Sunday 6th July 2008-07-01 Time: 7 pm sharp Venue: Meeting Room, Garden City Library, Mt Gravatt For more information contact Nora on 0422 349 786 or email at info@amarah.org Dave Andrews, a dedicated community worker, human rights campaigner … Continue reading The Situation in Burma

Spirit of Eureka

We pay tribute to Australia’s Indigenous people in recognition of their struggles since British colonization in 1788. Our Vision: The Spirit of Eureka Committee actively seeks to promote a vision and a pathway to a democratic and independent Australian republic which values all its citizens and is a fair and just society for all. We … Continue reading Spirit of Eureka

Dawn to Dusk — Reminiscences of a Rebel

The wiles of Labour politicians – the futility of fearful and reactionary Labour leaders have been revealed in this record, and the lessons I and others so bitterly learned should preclude any further waste of time and enthusiasm in vainly endeavouring to make figs blossom and fruit on barren trees. — Ernie Lane in Dawn … Continue reading Dawn to Dusk — Reminiscences of a Rebel

Talisman Saber 2008

del.icio.us Tags: peace,anti-war,socialism,militarism Join us in two important PEACE events in the lead up to AUS - US War games Talisman Saber 2008… Indigenous peace activists from Guam (Guahan) will be visiting Brisbane June 26-29, 2008. The Chamoru people have had their homeland annexed by the US and used as a major  strategic military post … Continue reading Talisman Saber 2008

Frameworks of Flesh — builders’ labourers battle for health and safety

The hope of the world "The union movement is idealistic in its essential arts by widening the scope of benefits derived from its ever-expanding usefulness. The betterment of the conditions of the workers has been brought about through organisation. A union constitutes a school for the working class, wherein they learn self-reliance, learn their rights, … Continue reading Frameworks of Flesh — builders’ labourers battle for health and safety

Labor follows Adam Smith

Emerson defines Labor for new era Lenore Taylor, National correspondent | June 13, 2008 RUDD Government frontbencher Craig Emerson has sought to define modern Labor as a party of "market democrats" who believe in smaller government, less middle-class welfare and free markets as the best way to deliver a fair society. Dr Emerson outlined to … Continue reading Labor follows Adam Smith

Refugee Week

ARE WE THERE YET ? A refugee week public forum Tuesday,  June 17   6-8 pm BMW Edge - Federation Square Hosted by Tracee Hutchinson- broadcast journalist Speakers Julian Burnside QC – prominent human rights lawyer Michael Foster- Director of the International Refugee Law Research program  University of Melbourne Paris Aristotle – Director of the Victorian … Continue reading Refugee Week

Support the People of Zimbabwe

Dear Friends, Please find attached information on a march for Zimbabwe this Sunday 8th June. We will be sending photos and info on this march to the opposition in Zimbabwe . These actions are greatly appreciated and help to lift morale of those opposing the deadly tyranny of the Mugabe regime. So do put an … Continue reading Support the People of Zimbabwe



Sadr bloc demands pact referendum

Tens of thousands of al-Sadr supporters rallied against the proposed security deal on Friday [AFP] Supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr, the Iraqi Shia leader, have demanded that the government hold a public referendum on a long-term security agreement with the US. Politicians have until July to finalise a pact to keep US soldiers in Iraq after … Continue reading Sadr bloc demands pact referendum

Union Alert

This is a round-up of recent union disputes from the local press and other sources. " While the prospect for worker organisation is limited, however, out of the contradiction of master and servant (boss/worker) comes conflict. When workers take action to advance their own interests, there is an opportunity to link with other workers engaged … Continue reading Union Alert

Our Rights at Work Need Fighting For

by Rob Durbridge It is common ground on all sides of politics that the union campaign against Work Choices played a big part in the defeat of the Howard Government. But the Rudd Government has no intention of returning the favour by restoring the pre-Howard industrial relations system. This is not to underestimate the significance … Continue reading Our Rights at Work Need Fighting For

Union Report from Fremantle

Joe's back in the spotlight Meeting in Fremantle of unionists went well. Ten people there. I'll be able to tell you more when I get a chance to look at my notes. Essentially, the focus should be on the ABCC and explaining why this is a civil rights issue to the wider community i.e. it's … Continue reading Union Report from Fremantle