Tag Archives: Politics


A Common Wealth of Words

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Kath Walker’s appearance at the Commonwealth Writers festival was not without controversy, some activists argued that Kath should have boycotted the Writers Festival. Not long after, the 1982 Commonwealth Games protests brought the attention of the whole world to the form of apartheid practiced by the Bjelke-Petersen government in Queensland.

This discussion by the Commonwealth poets is interesting in the light of subsequent events during the 1982 Commonwealth Games. While few were concerned about what poets said at the writers festival, it was a different story when it came to disrupting a sporting event – then, ‘the whole world was watching’. Continue reading


Mayor Brent ‘dishonest’ says judge

One-time favourite of former Premier Campbell Newman to become deputy Premier, Mayor John Brent of the Scenic Rim Shire and formerly of Boonah Shire, has been found by the Supreme Court of Tasmania to have ‘dishonestly dealt’ with a vegetable grower in that state. Continue reading


‘Why We’re in a New Gilded Age’ – a review of ‘Capital’

The big idea of Capital in the Twenty-First Century is that we haven’t just gone back to nineteenth-century levels of income inequality, we’re also on a path back to “patrimonial capitalism,” in which the commanding heights of the economy are controlled not by talented individuals but by family dynasties. Continue reading


Democratic Rights under fire in Musgrave Park

Bail condition prohibiting participation in Cultural Ceremony, and in Social and Political activities in Musgrave Park . Introduction Since May 2012 police have been using their move-on powers to interfere with and (on occasion) arrest people engaged in social, political … Continue reading


Re-lighting the sacred fire at Musgrave Park in Brisbane on Invasion Day, 26 January 2013. This video shows speeches about sovereignty, identity and  culture — it shows aboriginal dance and smoking ceremony. The sacred fire is currently banned by order … Continue reading


Lies & Silence – bias in Australian media

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On this sad morning there is no justice in the dawn So many years of dying where does hope get born Not over the broken and bloodied bodies of sleeping children Or the fork tongued lies of the criminals and … Continue reading


Bread and Roses — International Women’s Day 2012

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One hundred years ago women organised a textile strike in the American city of Lawrence, Massachusetts. On this day, International Women’s Day 2012. Workers BushTelegraph pays respect to those workers who stood up. The slogan “Bread and Roses” originated in … Continue reading


Letter to the Editor of ‘The Australian’ — ‘Senator stands by Israel boycott’

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Dear Sir/Ms, I would like to correct your report ‘Senator stands by Israel boycott’ published in today’s (29 Aug 2011) Australian. I participated in the rally and march to the Max Brenner Chocolate shop at South Bank in Brisbane. Firstly … Continue reading


Trifecta at 608 Brunswick Street

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‘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 … Continue reading


Streets of Our Town

Radio Station 4ZZZ (FM 102.1) is running a radiothon under the theme ‘Streets of Our Town’. Local writer, Bernie Dowling, puts his own spin on the streets of greater Brisbane in the Crime Thriller Iraqi Icicle. These stories are to … Continue reading


Brisbane Labour Day Celebrations 2011

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The Qld Council of Unions Labour Day Committee have organised a March and Celebration to be held on Monday 2 May, 2011. 10:00am March Commences from the Cnr of Wharf & Turbot Sts, please check with your union for details … Continue reading


From where the nearest suburb and the city proper meet My window sill is level with the faces in the street Drifting past To the beat of weary feet while I sorrow for the owners of those faces in the … Continue reading

Rudd’s Razor – Disabling the Disabled

by Brian Laver, Institute for Social Ecology
pictured at left providing advice to Fidel Castro)
Laver and Fidel

Well now we know.

The apology is over and the feel good times have come to an end.

All pretty quickly too.

Rudd has let us all know the meaning of “fiscal conservative”.

He is going to reduce the ability of some in the community to spend in the hope that will bring down demand and that will lower inflation.

So where did Rudd – the good Christian and fiscal conservative make his first cut?

He could have had a go at the wealthy – the new millionaires.

After all there are more of them around these glorious days.

But no our Kevin, who is here to help, decided he would take the really tough decision and he would first of all not have a go at the rich but at those who care for the disabled, and then just when you thought it safe to come out of hiding he announced that he would have a go at that other group of high rollers and big spenders – the pensioners.

There was of course a reaction and Rudd’s nerve seemed to crack.

He told us that there was no way in God’s earth he would leave the pensioners in the lurch.

How sweet of Kevin to bring god into it all.

Is he the first Australian politician to mention God?

But didn’t anyone tell him the truth that the pensioners were already in the damned lurch?

Has he spent so much time with his multi millionaire wife that he has forgotten that pensioners in Australia are already poor??

Of course Rudd does not know about the poor.

He is a mandarin and has no idea how normal people live. He is simply doing what he has always done.

Administer the system so the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

That’s what being a fiscal conservative means. It is what he did when he ran the Godd (Goss) government from 1990 – 1996.

If you want to understand what a Rudd government will be like just look at the Goss govt. It was full of arrogant ruthless heartless alpha males.

Rudd has already sent for his old mate and fellow mandarin from the Goss days, Glyn Davies, to help him muck things up in Canberra.

Now all Rudd has to do is to send for Peter Coaldrake the Vice Chancellor of the Queensland Institute of Technology and put him in charge of the public sector in Canberra and we will have the full catastrophe.

In technicolour this time.

BOOK LAUNCH: Iraqi Icicle by Bernie Dowling


Thursday, 4 – 6 PM
28 February 2008
West End Library

178-180 Boundary Street
West End Q 4101
[Just next to the Pensioners League Building]

“QUEENSLAND journalist Bernie Dowling launches his first novel, the detective thriller Iraqi Icicle at West End Library on 28 February 2008.

The launch starts at 4 pm and features original songs and music from local band Jumping Fences back from their tour of Mexico and Cuba.

The book will be on sale for the discounted price of $30 and for the impecunious will be available for loan from the library.

For more details contact Ian Curr at

BushTelegraph on 07 3398 5215

Iraqi Icicle by Bernie Dowling

Dowling said writing a novel, while working full-time, required persistence.

“I had written a short story collection and a short history of the Pine Rivers show but a 400-page novel is more daunting,’’ Dowling said.

He said writing the first draft was the easy part and making the many revisions the difficult task.

“I guess I tried the patience of my wife Trish and son Kevin with all the time I spent at the computer.”

Iraqi Icicle is a detective thriller set in and around Brisbane from 1986 to 1992.

Dowling sees the period as an extraordinary time in Australian and world history.“We had the explosion of personal computers and mobile phones in Australia as well as the recession of 1990-91.”

“In Queensland, we had the Fitzgerald inquiry into police corruption and the fall of the long-serving Joh Bjelke-Petersen government.

“Overseas, the internet started, the US invaded Panama to arrest its president Manuel Noriega, and America and its allies prosecuted the first Iraq War.”

These international and national events invade the blackly humorous novel, Iraqi Icicle which introduces young orphan gambler Steele Hill as the unlikely “detective”.

LeftPress Facilities and Resources

LeftPress Printing Society
Workers Printing & Publishing

Recently there have been a number of queries about LeftPress resources.

LeftPress is involved in a number of printing & publishing ventures and provides PA facilities to a wide range of groups who conduct public rallies and meetings in and around Brisbane.

Speaking Equipment: $25 per rally, forum, meeting etc ($35 if accompanied by a LeftPress Member). Request an invoice and receipt if required.

Contact: Ian Curr 0407 687 016 to organise pick-up and return of equipment.
Pls Note that this is a voluntary community service so please be mindful to avoid inconvenience by bringing $25 cash or cheque on pick-up or by depositing hire fee at the following account:

LeftPress Printing Society
Commonwealth Bank
BSB:  06 4001
Account number: 0091 9228

 Please note that on occasions, LeftPress equipment has been used in confrontation situations; groups engaging in such activity are better off using loud hailers or alternative set-ups (LeftPress has some). If need be, speak to Ian about how to minimise risk from authorities . Be mindful it takes time and effort to maintain this equipment, it is very expensive to replace. More info @ LeftPress Printing Society

LeftPress is a not-for-profit community organisation and operates on Turrbul and Jagera Lands – lands never ceded.


Sam Watson speaking at a forum at the Lizard in West End Brisbane, 1 Aug 2010 at the commencement of his campaign for election to the Australian Senate. Photo: Ian Curr

beaten and arrested for taking photos of the police

beaten and arrested for taking photos of the police, originally uploaded by Teacher Dude’s BBQ.