Yesterday I attended an emergency rally in solidarity with the people of Chile brought on by the severe repression of the Pinera government with many Chileans murdered and imprisoned. The rally was well attended by the young, women, indigenous Mapuche, and the second wave of Chilean exilios that came to Brisbane in the 1980s.… Go to Article
‘No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body.’
– Margaret Sanger
On 17 October 2018 the Queensland parliament passed a law to decriminalise abortion – 48 years since women began the modern struggle for women’s right to choose.
“It was not until 1970 that Queensland women began their political struggle.
‘All that glitters is not gold‘ – ‘The Merchant of Venice’ by Shakespeare.
On that stretch of beach known for decades as Surfers by the locals and badged as the Gold Coast for international consumption hump back and western wright whales pass by every year in winter, more than in living memory.… Go to Article
[Editors Note: I have been asked by Brisbane Blacks and by activists to share historic films that may assist in coming struggles around g20 and after. Here are my picks of films about land rights and democratic rights struggles (for the right to march and right to assembly) in Queensland.… Go to Article
Right to Organise
[Editors Note: WBT has received this appeal from Dr John Tully in Victoria and urges people to defend the right to organise by signing the petition (below). Some things never change.]
The left wing Socialist Alternative group is copping a lot of flak from right wing university administrators, Zionists, the Murdoch press and Abbott government ministers, especially Christopher Pyne.… Go to Article
Swimming Free, Palestine
Emad, Gareth and I walked to the
starting line at Wategos beach, near the
Byron Bay lighthouse.
As we entered the water with the other
swimmers, the organisers called off
the race because of treacherous
conditions. Loud speakers announced
that we would be ‘swimming at our
own risk’.… Go to Article
*** by Ciaron O’Reilly
As the U.S. Grand Jury on WikiLeaks/ Julian Assange breaks cover and the Guardian newspaper settles into its dual role of the “Pravda of the Brit liberal left” and attack dog of the U.S. Feds….the Irish prepare for a change of shift of their imperial masters.
Within a few short days, the British monarch will visit followed by a U.S.… Go to Article
Police to probe sand ‘theft’
Police have been called in to investigate the alleged large-scale theft of sand from North Stradbroke Island
Belgian-owned mining giant Sibelco has been accused of stealing as much as 8 million worth of sand from the island and selling it to the construction industry.
Premier Anna Bligh’s Government, already prosecuting Sibelco for alleged illegal sand mining, has referred evidence to the Queensland Police on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecution.… Go to Article
The Quandamooka Combined Aboriginal Organisations Forum
A documentary film series from the Traditional Owners of Quandamooka country (Moreton Bay region) Filmmaker, Marcia Machado created four films about local history and culture in collaboration with Elders, community leaders and young people of Quandamooka Country
WHERE: Concert Hall, Redland Performing
Arts Centre (RPAC)
2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland
WHEN: Wednesday 11 May 2011
4:30pm – 7:00pm
TICKETS: Free to Quandamooka people
By donation (at the door) to
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: To reserve your ticket, phone the RPAC Box Office on 3829 8131 between 12noon – 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 1pm Saturday
Tickets are also available from the North Stradbroke Island Housing Co-op
Labour Day, Brisbane, 2011
Socialist groups missed an opportunity this Labour Day.
There has been a shift inside the Labour movement and the Left has not recognised it fully nor have they responded to it.
Observe the Labour Day march in Brisbane this year. For the first time not a single Labor party politician up the front of the march.… Go to Article
Tony Mockeridge has asked that this song be dedicated to Lex Wotton. Accordingly this song goes out to Lex Wotton and his family for their courage in standing up for justice on Palms for the Bwgcolman people and for all the people of Queensland.
4PR – Voice of the People
Tony dedicates this song to Lex Wotton:
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“We usually play this as our opening tune as our acknowledgement of and respect for the people who have lived in this country for so long and for the injustice handed out to them by the invaders.
by Donna Mulhearn
It was a unanimous decision by the full bench of the Northern Territory Court of Criminal Appeal.
The three judges agreed with our submission that there was a miscarriage of justice at last year’s trial because we were not able to bring evidence before the jury about the function of Pine Gap.… Go to Article
After US president Bush’s visit to Palestine in in January 2008 Israel cut power and fuel in its siege of the Gaza strip yet again .
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Given the points raised below in the email about Israel’s cutting power and fuel in its siege of the Gaza strip in Palestine, I think that the Stop the War Collective (STWC) in Brisbane should be asked to address what is happening in Palestine.
Villawood Death in Custody Demands Ministerial Action
“The tragic death of a 62 year old Iranian immigration detainee is yet another disgraceful and entirely preventable cost of the ongoing mandatory detention policy” said Pamela Curr, of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC).
“Mr F was taken to St Georges Hospital on Friday for an appointment.… Go to Article
Little Joy for Workers
“In democracies, sometimes the rulers have to change in order to ensure that things remain the same”
— adapted from The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa
Unions were told by the Labor Party that they had to work on a marginal seats campaign to get the ALP in government and thereby change the workplace laws.… Go to Article