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Bill’s not Bob

2019 Federal Election in Australia There was an expectation that Labor would win the 2019 federal election. Bob Hawke died on the eve of the election and the opposition leader, Bill Shorten, said ‘let’s do it for Bob’. Labor’s failure … Continue reading

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The fire next time

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Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin I am not your Negro. ‘I am not your negro’ is a documentary about the failure of Americans to face … Continue reading

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Bob Hawke – from dawn till dusk

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Hawke was the first leader of the ACTU who did not come from the shop floor, he started a trend where workers were led by people from another class. Continue reading

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Remember al Nakba 2019

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A rally of about 100 people crammed onto footpath at the top of Brisbane Square tonight to commemorate al Nakba, the catastrophe, for Palestine. Organisers were given a permit to use the square however no allownace was made by Brisbane … Continue reading

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Venezuelan Embassy: Water Shut Off, Police Block Entry of Food

News by CodePink from Venezuelan Embassy in Washington USA After several weeks of protecting the Venezuelan embassy in D.C., the ‘U.S. government’ has shut off the water to try to ‘smoke out’ Maduro supporters: CODEPINK.  After the water was suddenly shut off in … Continue reading

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Vale Darce Cassidy (1941-2019) – Journalist, Agitator, Organiser

We reprint this eulogy by Ken Mansell from LABOUR HISTORY MELBOURNE – The Australian Society for the Study of Labour History. Thanks to Peter Gray from Radical Times Archive. Jon (Darce) Cassidy was probably not meant to become one of … Continue reading

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Blacklisting

Artist / film maker Lucy Parker has been following the Blacklist Support Group with a camera for the past 4 years. Her film ‘Solidarity’ is now finished (trailer below).  Blacklisting in the UK construction industry impacted thousands of workers who were … Continue reading

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Queensland: Politics, People and International Capital

In 1978, Bernie Dowling and I took this pamphlet down south to emphasise to people how dangerous populists like Bjelke-Petersen in the deep north could be. We went around Trades Hall in Melbourne, the International Bookshop, Australian Union of Students, … Continue reading

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Keep Kids out of Watch Houses

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On 15 May 2019, about 35 people marched from Speakers Corner at Parliament house to 1 William Street to seek an urgent meeting with the Minister for Child Safety, Di Farmer, to have the kids immediately released from the watch houses around Queensland. Continue reading

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Help Save UQ Union Complex

The Save the UQ Union Complex Committee’s (SUQUC) heritage application is now online on the Heritage Department’s website – https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/land/heritage/register/applications#enter. On the same site you will find a link to the Public Notice inviting written submissions from members of the public. … Continue reading

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Joint Appeal at UQ

‘I felt like a professional beggar‘ – Joe Curr on working for the Joint Appeal Education for WomenThere was a time when fund raising in corporate philanthropy was not a career, at least not in the church. Everything was done … Continue reading

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Cuba friendship

Australia-Cuba Friendship Society (Brisbane)General Meeting Tuesday 14 May 6.30 pmQld Council of Unions Building Level 2 16 Peel Street South Brisbane Welcome and AcknowledgementMay Day wrap-upNational Declaration regarding the Helms-Burton lawProject Fund-raising: Dream Circle – Children’s Theatre ProjectNext batch of Revolutionary Red Brigade promotion and information … Continue reading

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Saving Wee Waa – the town that killed Eddie Murray

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Will Wee Waa learn its lesson, give up on racism and embrace more sustainable custodianship of the land? We hope so. Continue reading

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The Decline and Fall of the US Dollar

Canadian billionaire businessman Ned Goodman predicts the end of the U.S. Dollar as the world’s reserve currency. He says the transition out of the U.S. Dollar will become, “…quite ugly.” He delivered the lecture at Cambridge House’s Toronto Resource Investment … Continue reading

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Vale Darce Cassidy from ‘the Long March’

Here are two tributes to Jon ‘Darce’ Cassidy who participated in the 1974 Long March to North-West Cape and Charlie Perkins’ 1965 Freedom ride. The first tribute is from long time Land Rights activist, Gary Foley, and the second from … Continue reading

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Jackie’s how-to-vote in 2019

Eat your heart out Antony Green, here are my tips if the parliamentary road to socialism is your thing. Continue reading

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To Fan the Flames of Discontent

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A funny thing happened on my way to the bank …

I first met Jim Dowling when I was 17 & we spontaneously linked arms to march out of King George Square into a mosh pit of Queensland cops. They were there to enforce the ban on Street marches, demonstrations and … Continue reading

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Man seeks asylum away from Australia

Before Stevan Utah fled Australia in 2006, he was paid by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) to infiltrate the Bandidos motorcycle gang
In 2017, Mr Utah became the first known refugee from Australia when Canada gave him asylum on the basis that authorities in his home country blew his cover, then failed to offer him adequate protection
Freedom of Information documents show that neither the ACIC nor Australian diplomatic officials knew anything about this until it was revealed by the ABC Continue reading

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Zed boycotts Eurovision in Israel

For this reason there will be no 4ZZZ Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) correspondent travelling to Israel nor any coverage of ESC this year on Queer Radio or any specific programs relating to the Contest on Zed Digital.” Free Palestine! Continue reading

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UQ Union complex is part of our heritage

Political activists, Forum attendees and stall holders, Schonell movie buffs, Cement Box dramatists, 4ZZZ supporters, student leaders and student followers, we need you! Here is a call from the Save the UQ Union Complex for stories to demonstrate the heritage … Continue reading

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Born Free

Direct slavery is just as much the pivot of bourgeois industry as machinery, credits, etc. Without slavery, you have no cotton; without cotton you have no modern industry. It is slavery that gave the colonies their value; it is the … Continue reading

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May Day 2019

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Consensus Politics The Australian Labor Party was formed by the unions to gain parliamentary political power. From its formation a debate constantly raged as to the extent of compromise acceptable to achieve this goal. In the 1980s and 1990s this … Continue reading

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More violence against Hazaras in Quetta

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Martyrs of Otranto

At a time when religious antipathy is on the rise between Muslim and Christian, Francis, the ‘good’ pope, canonized the martyrs, placing into question his political nous. Who can save the catholic church, in so much turmoil over the predatory conduct of its priests? Not even the Martyrs of Otranto. Continue reading

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Data shows ‘Boom and Bust’ in Queensland

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Recently WBT has been discussing Gross State Product, and what it means – particularly with respect to the mining industry in Queensland. Here’s some more discussion of the figures between renewables engineer, Trevor Berrill, and Ian from the Paradigm Shift (4zzz fm 102.1 Fridays at noon). Continue reading

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Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger Was A Movement Musician On May 3rd, 1919, Pete Seeger was born. Many people in the more musical regions of my social circles are currently celebrating his life, for the occasion of what would have been his 100th … Continue reading

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Brisbane anti-war movement says ‘Free Julian Assange’

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Last Train to Mirabad Julian Assange took on the US Wikileak’d ten years war in Afghanistan Julian roams downstairs in Woolwich Court Thinking what would Pilger and Ellsberg do now? Waiting to be taken through tunnel to Belmarsh Prison Where … Continue reading

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Profile of a union organiser

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In the lead up to the 2019 May Day celebrations we take a look at what it is like being a union organiser. Paul Petersen was a wharfie for 12 years and then went to sea. He then took on … Continue reading

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Is climate change union business?

The Australian Labor Party was formed by the unions to gain parliamentary political power. From its formation a debate constantly raged as to the extent of compromise acceptable to achieve this goal. In the 1980s and 1990s this internal battle … Continue reading