Dante: a diversity of Australian voices

Brisbane – 24 July 2021 – A Diversity of Australian Voices -  @ Dante Alighieri Cultural Centre, 26 Gray St, New Farm, 2pm - more details to be announced ... see https://danteaustralia.org/brisbane-a-diversity-of-australian-voices-july-2021/ Hosted by the Dante Alighieri Society of Brisbane Mr Samuel Wagan Watson Samuel Wagan Watson is an award-winning Indigenous poet, essayist, scriptwriter and … Continue reading Dante: a diversity of Australian voices

The Big Ride for Palestine goes to Tour de Brisbane 2021

Six months training on Sundays, and COVID lockdowns, we did it!! The Tour de Brisbane Medio ride! nearly 80 kms in 3 1/2 hours averaging about 22 kms per hour. We crossed the finish line together. To top it off Lach was served at the TdB tent by a palestinian who said how much he … Continue reading The Big Ride for Palestine goes to Tour de Brisbane 2021

Love against the Machine

We post this zine by the Catholic Worker community members about the recent land forces expo protests. Thanks to Bek, Jim, Andy, Hannah , Anne and others who put this zine together and especially those who went and stood out in the cold each morning to disrupt this show of military might at the Convention … Continue reading Love against the Machine

Dirty Dollar in Climate Struggles

Welcome to the Paradigm Shift on FM 102.1 4ZZZ Fridays at noon. We challenge the assumptions of our current society, to resist oppression ...more June 25, 2021 This week we get an update on what's happening in climate struggles around the country - from those trying to stop Adani's Carmichael mine in central Queensland, to … Continue reading Dirty Dollar in Climate Struggles

Trev’s weather report from 6 July 2021

Weather versus Climate Change Earth’s climate system is interconnected over very large distances. An example is the Rossby Circulation of winds at high altitude around the northern and southern hemispheres latitudes that I have mentioned before. The intense rainfall events in Japan recently had an effect of this circulation and helped create the “off the … Continue reading Trev’s weather report from 6 July 2021

South Africa, Israel & Queensland – states of hate

Pastor Don Brady speaks out against racist apartheid laws in King George Square in the early 1970s. Beside him is Dennis Walker then a member of the Black Panthers It was a pretty brutal place, but there was no slavery in Australia.– Prime Minister Scott Morrison It is fifty years since 3,000 stuedents and staff … Continue reading South Africa, Israel & Queensland – states of hate

Stop ‘fresh’ fruit and veg irradiation – final decision this week 

Friends, Please take  Urgent action: stop 'fresh' fruit and veg irradiation - final decision this week  In solidarity Rosemarie Call on your state Health Minister to reverse FSANZ fruit and vegetable irradiation A1193More advice | email info@geneethics.org Food Standards Australia NZ (FSANZ) has approved the irradiation of ALL fruits and vegetables that harbor the larvae of Qld … Continue reading Stop ‘fresh’ fruit and veg irradiation – final decision this week 

The great Covid vaccine debate

Here is the latest on the whole vaccine schemozzle [defn (yiddish) disorder resulting from a failure to behave predictably]. We ask is there 'a black ops disinformation campaign' being conducted by Big Pharma during the covid pandemic? Australian media finally acknowledges 'possible link between vaccines and rare heart inflammation' It has taken some time but … Continue reading The great Covid vaccine debate

How the Clarion Cycling Club Put the Brakes on Socialism

Good on those diehards in North Lancashire who formed the National Clarion Cycling Club 1895 that stood firmly by the Clarion motto of old: 'Socialism the Hope of the World'. What a travesty that the Club gave up this ideal under the cover of Covid. One significant cycling event on the calendar in Australia is … Continue reading How the Clarion Cycling Club Put the Brakes on Socialism

Changing ourselves

 Changing others? Changing ourselves! As a zoologist and geneticist I am always puzzled about human (optimistically named Homo sapiens) behavior. It was always important for me at least to try to understand this complex species. Not just only out of curiosity but out of necessity because I was to become a teacher and team “leader” … Continue reading Changing ourselves

Trev’s Brisbane Forecast for next 7 Days from 29 June

Aren’t you glad we are not on the Pacific north-west coast of America with an extreme heat wave raising maximum temperatures to the mid to high 40Cs – never recorded before, and most probably associated with global heating. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jun/28/pacific-north-west-breaks-heat-records  https://soundcloud.com/ian-curr/trevs-brisbane-weather-forecast-29-jun-2021 According to long term records, Portland’s June temperatures should be similar to June temperatures in … Continue reading Trev’s Brisbane Forecast for next 7 Days from 29 June

The Timor Gap fraud

The ABC's Rear Vision program provides people with more information about Australian government dealings with Timor Leste to see the crimes committed by the Liberal National Party (LNP) and Alexander Downer. But it was not just the LNP government, it was the entire Australian political class that is to blame for the East Timor injustice.  … Continue reading The Timor Gap fraud

Save UQ Union campaign wins heritage fight

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. - George Santayana The campaign to save the UQ union complex was not a shrine to past glories, if there were any, in that place. The Vietnam War slowly came to an end as did Bjelke-Petersen and his attack on democratic rights. Uranium continues … Continue reading Save UQ Union campaign wins heritage fight

SEQEB sellout provoked music, art …

The SEQEB dispute was one of the biggest sellouts of workers in Queensland Labour history ... we post this account of how the dispute was remembered in music and art. We thanks the State Library of Queensland's blog by R. Hillier. Also Erroll O'Neill wrote a play about the dispute, called ‘The Hope of the … Continue reading SEQEB sellout provoked music, art …

Trev’s Forecast from 22 June

Trev’s Forecast for next 7 Days from 22 June We’ve just had the winter solstice, that is, the day with the least number of daylight hours, 21 June, with 10.4 daylight hours. This is due to the Earth’s axis being tilted at a fixed angle relative to the Sun’s orbital plane, and creates the seasons. … Continue reading Trev’s Forecast from 22 June

Foco Nuevo in July

CANCELLED FOCO NUEVO IN JULY Out of Abingdon / Jumping Fences Unfortunately, owing to the snap lockdown and the uncertainty around the Delta strain of the Coronavirus we must cancel our Foco Nuevo in July concert. We very much look forward to hosting Out of Abingdon later in the year. We hope to see you at our place … Continue reading Foco Nuevo in July

Mary Quant in Bendigo

I didn't have time to wait for Women's Lib - Mary Quant, 2021 While in lockdown WBT has been looking at street art, now we venture into fashion. British fashion took off in the 1960s during the sexual revolution. One of its exponents was Mary Quant, a designer with a talent for self promotion. Quant … Continue reading Mary Quant in Bendigo

Iraq: Oil for food – Wheat for weapons

The University council has appointed climate denier and chairman of Whitehaven Coal, Mark Vaile, as Chancellor of the University of Newcastle. Mark Vaile, as Nationals leader and deputy prime minister from 2005 to 2007, went all the way with George Bush's invasion of Iraq resulting in the destruction of society and over a million deaths. … Continue reading Iraq: Oil for food – Wheat for weapons

Boycott PUMA – Free Palestine!

Saturday 26th of June, the day before the State of Origin Game in Brisbane we aim to raise awareness of Puma’s unethical sponsorship of the Israeli Football Association. SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 2021 AT 11 AM UTC+10 QLD Maroons Boycott Puma! Don't Play with Israeli Apartheid   · King George Square, Brisbane The QLD Maroons has … Continue reading Boycott PUMA – Free Palestine!

Alley art in Lockdown

Bicycles line up at the local storeFactories crumble behind rusting ironGraffiti grows on the railway bridgeWorker in overalls walks on home- Jumping Fences, View from a Wooden Chair I have spent a month in Covid lockdown in Melbourne during May/June '21. Here is some art that I have seen. Hidden along a cobbled path near … Continue reading Alley art in Lockdown

Racists on the streets of Jerusalem

Israeli Nationalists attacks incite more bombing of Gaza Seventeen Palestinians were arrested as far-right Israeli settler groups marched through occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Israeli far-right nationalists took part in a flag-waving march through occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday that risked reigniting tensions with Palestinians and posed an early challenge for Israel’s new government. At … Continue reading Racists on the streets of Jerusalem

Queens Honours for public servants

Government should be a referee, not an active player.” ― Milton Friedman In the early 1990s Queensland Treasury was dominated by commerce and economic thinking that government could not efficiently deliver better infrastructure in electricity, ports and rail especially in a high growth economy … Treasury thought the corporatisation of Rail, Electricity and Ports was … Continue reading Queens Honours for public servants

Trev’s Forecast for next 7 Days from 15 June

Another storm front associated with an upper level trough just passed over south east Queensland this morning. These troughs aren’t shown on the surface pressure weather charts. The Bureau meteorologists commented in May on the ABC how unusual storms are for this time of year, but that they are not associated with the La Nina … Continue reading Trev’s Forecast for next 7 Days from 15 June

Scattered People

Speaking of people with no country ... ONLY 2 DAYS TO GO!   Scattered People film.We are incredibly excited to finally have our documentary film launch for Refugee Week 2021. Scattered People will have its premiere on Thursday 17 June at the Randwick Ritz Cinema in Sydney and will be screening around the country in … Continue reading Scattered People

No Country?

"The working class have no country. We cannot take from them what they have not got." - Marx and Engles, Communist Manifesto Prime Minister Scott Morrison says permanent resettlement is not an option for the Tamil asylum seeker family from Biloela in Queensland. The family cannot return to Sri Lanka where Tamils are persecuted. Asylum … Continue reading No Country?

Bail as political weapon

Bail has been used as a means of silencing Democratic Rights activists in Queensland for as long as I can remember. We give some examples after the arrest of a social media producer this week for alleged stalking the NSW Deputy Premier, John Barilaro, who, in turn, stands accused of corruption. During a street march … Continue reading Bail as political weapon

Palestine Action target Israeli drone factory

Palestine solidarity activists take direct action against a firm near Manchester in the UK supplying armaments to the the apartheid State of Israel. Here is their report: At 4:30am on Thursday morning, Palestine Action supporters stormed, scaled, and occupied the Runcorn Factory of APPH. This is a Canadian-owned aerospace company, which manufactures military technology and … Continue reading Palestine Action target Israeli drone factory

Free Tharunicaa – home to Biloela now!

"Are other Australians ashamed, as I am? How can Australia, proud of our freedoms, respectful of all our peoples, and insistent on human dignity, inflict cruelty on Australian children as a means of achieving a goal of government policy?” - Sir Gerard Brennan, Chief Justice of Australia 1995–1998, appointed by the Keating Labor government who … Continue reading Free Tharunicaa – home to Biloela now!

One step forward …

Motion passed at the Queensland 4-6 June 2021Australian Labor party (alp) state conference Labor Friends of Palestine recognises oppression of Palestinian people at Qld ALP conference Israel/Palestine Background In view of the following: This year will mark 104 years since the British Lord Balfour declaration on the partition of Palestine when the British granted a … Continue reading One step forward …

Many lives lost in Myanmar Coup

“In Moulmein, in lower Burma, I was hated by large numbers of people – the only time in my life that I have been important enough for this to happen to me.”― George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant (I have) received the following email from a contact inside the Civil Disobedience Movement in Myanmar (CDM). So … Continue reading Many lives lost in Myanmar Coup