My worst moment: remember September 11th … 1973

A short story The morning of 11th September 1973 will remain forever fixed in the memory of Julio Jorquera Muñoz. Julio was a maintenance fitter at Elecmetal one of the workplaces in the heavy industry sector under the supervision of the government and which was administered by a Workers' Council. It was also the political … Continue reading My worst moment: remember September 11th … 1973

On Democratic Rights and the Work Ethic

1977 is not that far from 2007 “Those who do not learn from history are bound to repeat it.” 1977 was a time when Australia was governed "by four farmers and a sheep" — Bob Hawke. Early in 2008, the Australian National Archives released the cabinet papers of the Fraser coalition Government of 1977. In … Continue reading On Democratic Rights and the Work Ethic

Joe Strummer Memoriam

by Ciaron O'Reilly Joe Strummer died on Dec. 22nd. 2002. This is how a few people in London celebrated his memory last night. Feel free to post your own memoriam as a comment on this link Well as memorials go it was a little weird. They meant well but probably tried to do too … Continue reading Joe Strummer Memoriam

Australian Invasion

IT didn't take very long for the ALP's brand new halo to slip. Julia Gillard has used her new position of power to align herself with John Howard's anti-black-armband revisionists and declare that this nation was in fact settled and not invaded. Allow me to point out to the newly installed Education Minister that genuine … Continue reading Australian Invasion

Liberate Iraq from democracy’s warriors of spin

On election night, former Assistant Federal Treasurer and warmonger, Peter Dutton, looked like losing Cheryl Kernot's old seat of Dickson to a local school teacher, Fiona McNamara, until the masters of spin came out and said that the ALP candidate had conceeded. Former Defence Minister in the Howard government, Nelson Nobody, could not be drawn … Continue reading Liberate Iraq from democracy’s warriors of spin

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 … Continue reading 2007 Federal Election: Bastards voted out

Vale Bryan Law

"Can't add my name into the fight while I'm gone So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here And I won't be laughing at the lies when I'm gone And I can't question how or when or why when I'm gone" -'when i'm gone' by phil ochs Ciaron O'Reilly has penned a … Continue reading Vale Bryan Law

Workers’ political organisations

After the Waterfront – the workers are quiet has discussed the broad trends in the Australian labour movement within a context of dwindling socialist ideas and organisations. We have argued that the historic mission of the Australian Labor Party has been the modernising of capitalism in moments of crisis, and subsumed workers' interests into the … Continue reading Workers’ political organisations

They are cutting down our trees

In Camp Hill, inner city Brisbane, on 12 November 2007, they are cutting down our trees. I asked if I could take this photo. The tree lopper told me to make sure I took the photo on his best side. He said that the trees make a mess in this neighbour's yard and that both … Continue reading They are cutting down our trees

Saving Mary

SAVE THE MARY RIVER What are the real costs of the proposed Traveston Crossing dam? Two information evenings are scheduled to make common cause between the people of Brisbane and the residents of the Mary Valley. Come along and find out the reasons why the proposed Traveston Crossing Dam on the Mary River is not … Continue reading Saving Mary

Philistines no longer at the gates: final word from QUT lecturer

Video: Laughing at Aborigines? - Tough Questions for QUT... Dear Friends This is to notify you that John Hookham and I have reached a settlement with the university. The details of the settlement are confidential but the upshot is that I have resigned from QUT. I had intended to accept the university's first offer which … Continue reading Philistines no longer at the gates: final word from QUT lecturer

Arise ye workers from ye slumbers!

A New Direction for Unions. It is interesting (but not surprising) that there have been no calls from unions for a national Your Rights at Work rally during the 2007 Federal Election Camapign. The ALP clearly believe they don't need union mobilisation to win seats, they prefer to scare people with the prospect of higher … Continue reading Arise ye workers from ye slumbers!

Water Theft

Comments on Logan Basin Water Resource Plan (‘the plan’) and its effects on North Stradbroke Island. Water supply in South East Queensland has become a key issue in recent years due to lack of planning to cater for rapid and unsustainable population growth, prolonged drought and drying climate. I say unsustainable because the best measures … Continue reading Water Theft

Words of Mass Deception by the Maniacs of Spin

The Pine Gap Spy Base Given the rulings by the Judge Sally Thomas in the Pine Gap Four pre-trial to protect the Defence Minister decaring places like Pine Gap prohibited under the Defence Special Undertakings Act (1952), the PG4 defence team should advance another (yet to be tested argument) concerning the DSU Act 1952. Put … Continue reading Words of Mass Deception by the Maniacs of Spin