Pots & pans ring out in solidarity with Chile

Brisbane Chile Solidarity Rally
26 October 2019

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

Women’s Right to Choose

‘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.

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Historic films on Democratic & Land rights struggles in Queensland

[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

Boycott SodaStream and defend the right to organise


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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!

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
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A Report from the streets of Dublin Pre- QE2/U.S. Prez B.O Visits

*** 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

More on Sand Theft from Straddie

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

Film: QUANDAMOOKA DREAMING

The Quandamooka Combined Aboriginal Organisations Forum
proudly presents
QUANDAMOOKA DREAMING
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
general public
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

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The Left on Labour Day 2011

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.

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40,000 years and a handful of sand


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:

“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.

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Pine Gap 4 have won their Appeal!

by Donna Mulhearn

Dear friends

Today [22 February 2008] Bryan, Jim, Adele and Donna were acquitted of tPhoto shows the four protesters outside court following their successful appeal. (Jack Kerr)heir convictions under the Defence (Special Undertakings) Act 1952.

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

Where now for Palestine?

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 .

See http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19128.htm http://www.petitiononline.com/SaveGaza/petition.html for details.

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.

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‘A cage lined with silk is still a cage’ – detained Iranian refugee

Villawood Death in Custody Demands Ministerial Action

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission says the Villawood Dentention Centre should be demolished. (File photo) (AAP: Mick Tsikas)

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

2007 Federal Election: Bastards voted out

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