I have just heard that Hughie Williams has passed away.
Hughie (born 3 September 1933) was a former state secretary of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and grew up on the Hunter Valley coalfields where the Chifley labor government had sent troops to break the great coal strike of 1948. Starving miners were forced back to work.
As an active unionist, Hughie tried to build the working class movement…
Thanks to the Labour History Association and the Cloudland Collective for putting on this discussion.
SUNDAY 29 OCTOBER 4PM BOUNDARY ST HOTEL, WEST END SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Associate Professor Andrew Bonnell, Jeff Rickertt, Brisbane labour historian and activist, & Alison Stewart, Cloudland Collective (more details below).
“Unhappy the land where heroes are needed” – Brecht
Concerts by American ‘punk artist’ Amanda Palmer at the Brisbane Powerhouse were organised and sponsored by “MELT 2017: A Celebration of Queer Arts and Culture” and supported by local commercial and community radio.
In 2009 Palmer’s hero, Leonard Cohen, ignored a concerted campaign by Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) in the U.S. and the UK f…
I’m glad Jill Jolliffe and her old friend, fellow journalist and legal guardian, Fiona Gruber, told this story … it’s shows how necessary support is for people with Alzheimer’s or any cognitive disease … the alternative of being looked after by the public trust or public guardian is so much worse … you can’t trust the public trustee.
What a nightmare, ‘public guardians’ in the USA! In the US typically they have privatise the role of public guardian. In Queensland they outsource care of the vulnerable to NGOs under control of the public guardian. In both cases the result is the same, assets taken for the benefit of a heartless industry.
Note that in the article below about the U.S. aged care system it was private lawyers, privat…
IN 2017 Paul Pisasale faces criminal charges including extortion, assault, and attempting to pervert justice. In 2016, Mr Pisasale was re-elected Mayor of Ipswich with 83.45 per cent of the vote. Something is broken at councils in south-east Queensland. On 10 October 2017 Pisasale was charged with Official Corruption , Fraud – Dishonest application of property, Misconduct in Public Office, Perjury…
In January 1900, Anton Chekhov’s famous story ‘In the Ravine’ appeared in Zhizn (Life), a Russian magazine published then in Saint Petersburg. The magazine was run by a group called The Legal Marxists operating under Czarist censorship. Chekov’s idea was that evil would come from the evolution of peasant into bourgeois society.
In 1991, film director Kumar Shahani adapted the Chekhov short story to…
There is “extreme suspicion of the public when it comes to donations, particularly [from] developers”- Moreton Bay Mayor Allan Sutherland at the Crime & Corruption Commission (CCC) hearing into Local Government Corruption in South-East Queensland.
Thirty years after the Fitzgerald Inquiry, the child of the Criminal Justice Commission, the CCC, has issued a report calling for a ban of political dona…
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to you for your support in 2017. In August this year, across three days, 22 riders cycled 195 km from Brisbane to Byron Bay. We rode for Palestine. We rode to give participants and volunteers a chance to open a dialogue with each other and the community about the situation in Palestine.
In the 1970s under Wilbur Smith scheme the Southeast freeway destroyed Woolloongabba which had a vibrant multicultural community. Today, in 2017, Brisbane City Council is attempting to do the same thing in East Brisbane. Therefore I published here this is excellent letter by Nicki Cassimatis from the Lytton-road-is-wide-enough group to those concerned. – Ian Curr 21 Sept 2017
Surely this will be the last opportunity for me to address you.
The Air Force has bombed the towers of Radio Portales and Radio Corporación. My words do not have bitterness but disappointment.
May they be a moral punishment for those who have betrayed their oath: soldiers of Chile, titular commanders in chief, Admiral Merino, who has designated himself Commander of the Navy, and Mr. Mendoza, the …
This morning I attended a house occupation and picket objecting to the demolition of homes. Residents don’t want a thoroughfare through East Brisbane. They say Lytton road is wide enough and does not need a freeway.
The Lytton-Road-is-Wide-Enough group challenged Councillor Quirk at a ‘civic cabinet’ meeting at the Russian Club hall on Wednesday night (30 Aug 2017). Their concerns were rebuked by …
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