A Common Wealth of Words

I don't think that our society cares 
enough about poetry to get worked up 
about it.
                  - Kath Walker (Oodgeroo Nunuccal)

In the lead up to the 1982 Commonwealth Games, the Commonwealth Writers Festival was held in Brisbane. During the festival Kath Walker (Oodgeroo Nunuccal) was in a panel discussion with other Commonwealth poets: Tom Shapcott, Jack Blight, Rodney Hall and Judith Rodriguez … they were talking about being a poet.… Go to Article

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

[Editor’s Note: Piketty’s thesis is known intuitively by many: that the disparity between the owners of property and the wage-earners is growing rapidly. This has distorted human relations across the planet to such an extent that global conflict arsing from this inequality is everywhere.]

The central thesis (of ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’) is that when the rate of return on capital (r) is greater than the rate of economic growth (g) over the long term, the result is concentration of wealth, and this unequal distribution of wealth causes social and economic instability.

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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 and cultural business in Musgrave Park.

Police and courts have imposed onerous bail conditions on people arrested in that place.… Go to Article

We call it Invasion Day, my country calls it Australia Day

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 of the Brisbane City Council .

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Lies & Silence – bias in Australian media

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 their defenders
                                          — Phil Monsour
                                       Song for Gaza 2012
                             No More Lies No More Silence

This was broadcast on the Paradigm Shift on 4ZZZ fm 102.1 on Friday 23 Nov 2012.Go to Article

Bread and Roses — International Women’s Day 2012

US Troops confront women textile workers in Lawrence Massachusetts in 1912

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 a poem of that name by James Oppenheim, published in The American Magazine in December 1911, which attributed it to “the women in the West.”… Go to Article

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

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 you portray the protest as ‘them and us’ with only police to keep us apart.… 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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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 be acted on radio program Paradigm Shift which begins at Noon this Friday 12 August 2011.Go to Article

Brisbane Labour Day Celebrations 2011

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 of your assembly area.

12:00pm Family Fun Day at the RNA Showgrounds, Oval 2.… Go to Article

Labor loses in Queensland

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 street
 - Henry Lawson Faces in the Street

Labor will lose many seats in Qld in the 2010 Federal Election because of the failure of the Bligh State Labor government.… Go to Article

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.… Go to Article

BOOK LAUNCH: Iraqi Icicle by Bernie Dowling

BOOK LAUNCH

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

Address:
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.… Go to Article

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).Go to Article