Resisting Thales and the war machine

Friday 25th March 2022

Thales rocket used by Indonesian military against West Papuans

Last Easter, a group of people from ‘Wage Peace’ went to the Thales factory/warehouse at Pinkenba. Jim Dowling was charged with “unauthorised high risk activity” for climbing on a roof and holding a banner near their large THALES sign.… Go to Article

‘No War’ rally outside the Hilton in Brisbane

I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service, and during that period I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. – Major General Smedley D. Butler in 1931.… Go to Article

Submarines made out of Coffins

There are too many jellyfish in Moreton Bay for a Submarine Base. Submarines would “inevitably” be forced into an emergency reactor shutdown by swarms of jellyfish – Lisa-ann Gershwin, leading marine biologist and Jellyfish expert.

Dutton on Defensive – too many jellyfish!

On Friday 18 March 2022 Brisbane chamber of commerce members and their guests were treated to a rare look inside Australia’s defence posture amidst rising global tensions and dynamic activity in Europe and Asia.… Go to Article

Rob Snarski and Lindy Morrison at the Bearded Lady

Don’t the sun look good today?
But the rain is on its way.
Watch the butcher shine his knives
And this town is full of battered wives.
– The Go Betweens

This is the first time I have seen Lindy Morrison live. She had fan blown white hair on stage. I stood at the back of the packed Bearded Lady, a venue in Brisbane’s West End.… Go to Article

Yet another one in a hundred year event

Let the mud stay
clear the developers away

A river (Maiwar) has a city problem Brisbane (Meanjin): 1864 1891 1893 1897 1974 1971 2011 2014 2022. What do these years convey to you? A sense of Deja Vu? You cannot build a city on a floodplain?

I lived on a boat (the MV Careel) on the St Lucia reach of the river in 1974.… Go to Article

You say you want a revolution

alma mater (literal in latin = a kind and nourishing mother) a school, college, or university at which one has studied and, usually, from which one has graduated.

University of Queensland St Lucia – Early Days

Courier Mail 16 Jan 1951

I first visited the University of Queensland in the 1950s with my father, Joe Curr.… Go to Article

If You Don’t Fight You Lose

Recently there was some discussion about the Right-to-March campaign in Queensland in 1977-79. I have dug up an old video made by the Media Committee of the Civil Liberties Co-ordinating Committee (CLCC) that traces the history of that campaign in its early months. The commentary on the video below is contemporaneous, any mistakes that were made belong to that time.… Go to Article

The making of a rebel

Here is a talk given by Jeff Rickertt about Ernie Lane on the making of a Queensland rebel. Full transcript below. In his talk about the making of a rebel Jeff refers to a time when the early and tiny radical community in Brisbane saw both class and environment as part of the whole anti-capitalist project.… Go to Article

Cost of Nuclear Subs

Kristin Perissinotto, the media officer from the Electrical Trades Union spoke about workers rights and conditions, the impact of war on climate, First Nations people, and refugees and people seeking asylum. Ms Perissinotto made a simple comparison of the cost of Nuclear Subs and that of women’s safety, refugees and creating jobs for workers.… Go to Article

Brisbane Racing Club ‘rips off poor people’ – Cr Sri

Councillor Sri from the Gabba ward is not the only person concerned about the Brisbane Racing Club being a ‘blood sucking parasite‘  because they put poker machines in their clubs to ‘rip off poor people’. The local councillor of the Moorooka ward, Steve Griffiths, is also concerned. The Courier Mail reported in March 2018 that “Brisbane City Council has handed BRC a 20-year lease, at $4,332 per annum, for Souths Sports Club (SSC) at Acacia Ridge, home to rugby league and bowls.Go to Article

Covid confusion – view from a wooden chair

Announcer: This is Ian from 4 PR – voice of the people and we’re presenting a speech given by a registered nurse over the weekend during the anti-vaccination demonstrations in Australia. It is interesting to listen to this speech, whilst it makes a number of very good points about the importance of a community response to the pandemic.… Go to Article

Wandering beneath the grace of clouds

An interview with Janie Conway-Herron published in Text Journal

I am a collector. I collect lost stories; the ones that people forget or the ones that people know but don’t tell. You can find them if you look hard enough in the right places. I look for different stories and hold them up to myself like a mirror, searching for the elusive threads that might slip away before I have time to catch them.Go to Article

Sovereignty goes to Court

Give me an SMedia release: Sovereign Embassy supporters to rally outside court
by Brisbane Aboriginal-Sovereign Embassy on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 5:02pm ·

Supporters of the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy will gather outside the Brisbane Magistrates Court this Friday as three Embassy members again face court for defending the Sacred Fire.

Wayne Wharton, Boe Spearim and Hamish Chitts were arrested on December 12 when the Brisbane City Council and over 80 police forcibly evicted the Embassy and desecrated the Sacred Fire.… Go to Article

Trifecta at 608 Brunswick Street

‘608 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley’

— a story about a share house in Brisbane
in the late 1970s and early 1980s

by Ian Curr

"No reason to get excited," the thief, he kindly spoke,
"There are many here among us who feel that life is but 
a joke. But you and I, we've been through that,
and this is not our fate, 
So let us not talk falsely now, 
the hour is getting late."
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Attempts to stop ‘BDS’ campaign

The Australian newspaper has published an article (8 Aug 2011) ‘Israeli boycotts: ACCC called in about the 19 people arrested in Melbourne protesting against the Max Brenner store’s support of the Israeli Defence Force.

The article claims that ”protesters allegedly blocked potential customers from entering the store as part of an “orchestrated campaign” to impose what the government believes is a secondary boycott on the chocolate and coffee store.”

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