You say you want a revolution

alma mater (literal in latin = a kind and nourishing mother) a school, college, or university at which one has studied and, usually, from which one has graduated.

University of Queensland St Lucia – Early Days

Courier Mail 16 Jan 1951

I first visited the University of Queensland in the 1950s with my father, Joe Curr.… Go to Article

If You Don’t Fight You Lose

Recently there was some discussion about the Right-to-March campaign in Queensland in 1977-79. I have dug up an old video made by the Media Committee of the Civil Liberties Co-ordinating Committee (CLCC) that traces the history of that campaign in its early months. The commentary on the video below is contemporaneous, any mistakes that were made belong to that time.… Go to Article

The making of a rebel

Here is a talk given by Jeff Rickertt about Ernie Lane on the making of a Queensland rebel. Full transcript below. In his talk about the making of a rebel Jeff refers to a time when the early and tiny radical community in Brisbane saw both class and environment as part of the whole anti-capitalist project.… Go to Article

University gave Joh doctorate after sacking SEQEB workers

In 1985 during the SEQEB dispute, 1005 workers were sacked by the Bjelke-Petersen government and replaced by fewer people on contracted labour. Over the intervening years successive governments have been forced to employ more workers because of the possibility of failure of the electricity grid as happened in Auckland in New Zealand under the manager who recommended that government sack the workers.… Go to Article

Hands off Bob! Defend the right to organise!

'I Called Him A Worship, Your Bastard!' 
Denis Kevans (Poet Lorrikeet)

The poet lorrikeet would have enjoyed court yesterday with obscene language featuring in the original 54 charges of criminal contempt against union man, Bob Carnegie.

Over 3000 people were arrested in Queensland in 1977-1979 defending the right to organise, to assemble and to march.… Go to Article

Quandamooka land claim frustrated by 16 years of unlawful sand mining

Earlier this year 2010 mineral sand mining firm, UNIMIN, was charged by Qld Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) for selling building sand from the silica sand mining process on North Stradbroke Island off Brisbane. The sand was unlawfully extracted from this site near Cooroompah creek on the island (See map).… Go to Article