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People’s Sleepout – Housing is a Human Right

There will be a People’s Sleepout in Brisbane Post Office Square at 3pm on Friday, 21 June 2019 to help draw attention to the issues raised in Jonno’s speech below and pressure all levels of government to do more to … Continue reading

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Working with Palestinian farmers

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA works in the West Bank and Gaza with three local organisations to support small-scale farmers get quality produce to market, increase household incomes and help establish sustainable cooperative businesses. Together with the MA’AN Development Centre, Asala Palestinian … Continue reading

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Dangerous Allies – U.S. Marines in Darwin

“The USA marines in Darwin could drag Australia into war.”  There is no guarantee that the marines will not engage in military action on order from Washington.  In that eventuality, Canberra would be powerless to prevent Australia becoming involved in war. … Continue reading

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Democracy a challenge to the European project

The EU is a doomed empire European tensions are growing. There is Brexit, a Germany without direction, and nationalist forces that aim to bend the EU to serve their own project. What is the European Union? The closest concept I can come up … Continue reading

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Freedom of their Press

Freedom for whom? Freedom from whom? Freedom against whom? Freedoms are questions of class power. Can there be too much freedom of the press? Yes, in the hands of Mass Murdoch. News Ltd is the 24/7 enemy of a free … Continue reading

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US attempts to orchestrate coup in Venezuela

This week we talk with Diego Sequera from Mision Verdad in Venezuela about the attempt by the United States government to orchestrate a coup in his country. Firstly some background, Hugo Chavez nationalised Venezuelan oil in the late 1990s and … Continue reading

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Public Trustee suspended

The ladder of law has no top and no bottom – Bob Dylan ‘The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll’ After six years of people exposing the office of the public trustee in Queensland for failure to look after its clients’ … Continue reading

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Legal win on Adani water project – a pyrrhic victory?

What is the strategy given that both legal means and running candidates for election have failed and that there does not seem to be an industrial strategy to re-train fossil fuel workers to do sustainable jobs? Continue reading

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Tipping point on Adani?

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Art as Protest

This is a video the Tate Gallery in London made about the artist Richard Bell. They used some images from Guniwaya Ngigu (We Fight) that the Radical Times Archive supplied with the filmmaker Madeline McGrady’s blessing …

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Sorrows of the Silent Spring

The state government announced approval for the Adani mine today.So state and federal governments have won the trifecta, on climate change at least. They have determined to ignore it in favour of the economy. They have beaten opponents of the … Continue reading

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For a Socialist Republic

20 years ago Australians rejected a republic in a national referendum. The model proposed was to substitute an Australian President for the Queen. This president was to be elected by the executive and not the people. Unsurprisingly Australians rejected this. … Continue reading

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Anti-Terrorism Laws

Here is an excellent summary of  new ‘anti-terrorism’ laws in Australia by Bevan Ramsden (APAN). Recently a regular WBT correspondent claimed that: “Manning & Assange were sold out by the anti-war movement that incited & abandoned them.“ Please note that WBT … Continue reading

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Cortés, what a killer

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He came dancing across the water With his galleons and guns Looking for the new world In that palace in the sun …Cortés, what a killer He came dancing across the water With his galleons and guns Looking for the … Continue reading

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Radical house – Austral Street

The first radical house I lived in was in Austral Street St Lucia in Brisbane. I lived there from 1975 ~1977. At Austral Street I met people involved in agitating for public transport, independent media, opposition to uranium mining and … Continue reading

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Chambers Flat Road Resumptions

We post this article here because Logan council wishes to buy up land on Chambers Flat Road Munruben to widen a connecting road and build a new bridge. Yet the proposed road and bridge is on a floodplain. After the … Continue reading

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Whatever happened to idealism?

It looks like the Save the UQ Union Complex has got Matt Condon onside! Condon is the author of All Fall Down.

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Open letter to fossil fuel workers

WBT was sent this article by a regular contributor. We would be interested in your comments. __oOo__ This letter to coal miners etc is in my opinion an excellent example of how the environment movement needs to start interacting with … Continue reading

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Operation SLIPPER

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Jamie Larcombe was just nineteen When he signed up for the Operation The Generals called ‘SLIPPER’ Code for global war In Afghanistan, Middle East and the Gulf of Aden No medals will bring Jamie home, That boy from Kangaroo Island– … Continue reading

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If Assange is the Falcon, Trump is the Snowman

espionage (noun) … the practice of spying or of using spies, typically by governments to obtain political and military information. – Oxford Dictionary The Falcon and the Snowman It is as if Trump has thrown us back to the Cold … Continue reading

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50 years of jamming the system

Here is a message from the Save the University of Queensland Union complex committee  asking people to put it in the submissions to the heritage department.  Please support this if you can. __oOo__ Saving UQ Union complex Heritage submissions due … Continue reading

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Call for heritage submissions

Friends, On Tuesday morning, Brisbane ABC Radio did a story on our heritage application and then ran a poll. The response was very heartening. Let’s capitalise on this with lots of submissions in support of the application. Individuals, theatre groups, … Continue reading

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Timber mill worker wins unfair dismissal case

Queensland man Jeremy Lee worked for a company called Superior Wood and he successfully represented himself after he refused to sign-on and sign-off using a finger print scanner. He argued that the bosses were stealing his bio-metric data and, under … Continue reading

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Saving Schonell, Zed, Forum and Refec @ UQ Union complex

Written submissions quoting the HRN 650238 must be received by 7 June 2019 and should be lodged with: Executive Officer, Heritage Branch Department of Environment and Science GPO Box 2454 BRISBANE QLD 4001
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Plan to save Australia

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In the wake of a dismal result in the 2019 Federal Election people are asking where to now. As a contest of ideas the election was a failure. Morrison’s steady-as-she-goes capitalism and Shorten’s minimalist plan for social democratic wealth redistribution … Continue reading

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Sri Lankan graduates demand end of blockade of Cuba

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The association of graduates in Cuba adopted a statement by which it demands the end of the blockade against our country and joins the international rejection of the new sanctions imposed by the American government against Cuba, especially against the activation of Title III of The Helms-Burton law. Continue reading

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US-Israeli wars in the Middle East

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At this moment there is a dangerous situation developing in the Gulf. The US is increasing the number of warships to support the Saudi backed civil war in Yemen. Rockets have been fired at the US embassy in Baghdad and Israel wants to attack specific targets in Iran. Continue reading

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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 poll 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