A Common Wealth of Words

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'.

‘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.

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 … Continue reading Democratic Rights under fire in Musgrave Park

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 .

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 … Continue reading Lies & Silence – bias in Australian media

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 … Continue reading Bread and Roses — International Women’s Day 2012

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. … Continue reading Letter to the Editor of ‘The Australian’ — ‘Senator stands by Israel boycott’

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 … Continue reading Trifecta at 608 Brunswick Street

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 … Continue reading Streets of Our Town

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. For … Continue reading Brisbane Labour Day Celebrations 2011

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 … Continue reading Labor loses in Queensland

Rudd’s Razor – Disabling the Disabled

by Brian Laver, Institute for Social Ecology(pictured at left providing advice to Fidel Castro) 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 … Continue reading Rudd’s Razor – Disabling the Disabled

BOOK LAUNCH: Iraqi Icicle by Bernie Dowling

BOOK LAUNCH Thursday, 4 - 6 PM 28 February 2008 West End Library Address:178-180 Boundary StreetWest 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 … Continue reading BOOK LAUNCH: Iraqi Icicle by Bernie Dowling