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Chainsaws without a DA

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41 years since the great anti-uranium March

On 22 October 1977, 418 people were arrested marching from King George Square in Brisbane. This was the largest single act of defiance against a government in Australian history. The reason? 5000 people had assembled to stop the Queensland government … Continue reading

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Film Noir

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The Third Man: ‘There was a third man. He didn’t give evidence.’ WHAT’S ON @ GOMA: 26 OCTOBER – 18 NOVEMBER The Australian Cinémathèque celebrates one of the most engaging figures from the Golden Age of Hollywood with ‘Ida Lupino: … Continue reading

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What’s that? A socialist future? Over to you, Professor Quiggin!

A letter from the Convenor What’s that? A socialist future? Over to you, Professor Quiggin! What being a socialist means is… that you hold out… a vision of society where poverty is absolutely unnecessary, where international relations are not based … Continue reading

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BDS activists fine money to Gaza

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New Zealand activists raise funds for Gaza Mental Health Foundation BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Two New Zealand pro-Palestinian activists have raised NZ $14,000 ($9,108) for the Gaza Mental Health Foundation after an Israeli court ruling fining them for their alleged role … Continue reading

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Migration and work

The 100,000 migrant workers that produce Australia’s fruit and veggies are amongst the most exploited in the country: but they’re not taking it lying down. Thousands of workers across the county’s farms are getting organised and fighting back. In this … Continue reading

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Jewish community opposes Australian government move on Jerusalem

Palestine Byron Friends of Palestine (BFOP) endorse Vivienne Porzolt’s statement on behalf of Jews Against the Occupation in absolutely condemning Prime Minister Morrison’s suggestion of moving the Australian Embassy to Jerusalem. Vivienne said, “This is a provocative move which reveals … Continue reading

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Sail for Justice

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Sail4Justice Destination Manus Freedom Flotilla Launch. Join us for music, protest, ceremony, and sailing! 4pm across the road from the notorious Border Force Office in Docklands (Melbourne) on the 1st of November to launch #Sail4Justice Destination Manus Freedom Flotilla Campaign. … Continue reading

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Academics for refugees

Check out @NTEUQld’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/NTEUQld/status/1052463252611854336?s=09

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Gari Gynda Narmi

Liner notes by Andy [with thanks to Amy & Chelsea] The song is called “Gari Gynda Narmi” or sometimes written as “Gurri Ngindin Narmi“. It is originally a Waka Waka song, but with the dispersal and cross-pollination of aboriginal cultures … Continue reading

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Political Thugs and Bullies

Standing up to bullies is the hallmark of a civilized society. – Robert Reich If ever a sitting member from one of the major political parties wants to find out who their real friends are, resigning from their party is … Continue reading

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Letter from City Hall

They say you can’t beat City Hall but here someone who’s really having a go. Jonathan Sri Councillor for the Gabba Ward 2/63 Annerley Road, Woolloongabba P: 07 3403 2165 • E: thegabba.ward@bcc.qld.gov.au http://www.jonathansri.com I hope everyone’s doing ok in … Continue reading

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Minjeribah – a bill to stop sand mining on North Stradbroke Island

Publisher’s Note: This chapter about Minjeribah (Stradbroke Island) from “Rob Pyne: A Far Northern Life”  is well worth a read. It describes, in part, the politics behind the state government removal of mining leases on Minjeribah. There was a strange … Continue reading

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Terror Nullius

Frontier wars – ‘whispering in our hearts’ This week we discuss the Frontier Wars which persisted in colonial Australia right up to Federation in 1901 and beyond. Andy interviews historians Henry Reynolds and Lyndall Ryan. You can listen to the … Continue reading

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Kids on Nauru

A group of young Aussie kids have appeared in an Advertising Campaign launched today asking the Prime Minister of Australia to save more than 100 young children in desperate trouble on Nauru.  Doctors who have visited the children are saying … Continue reading

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Women’s Right to Choose

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‘No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body.’ – Margaret Sanger On 17 October 2018 the Queensland parliament passed a law to decriminalise abortion –  48 years since women began the modern struggle for women’s … Continue reading

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Vintage Reds

Retired unionists are not retired activists. They share progressive goals of economic, social, industrial and environmental justice. Retired unionists are not done yet! Come along to the launch of Vintage Reds, hear QCU General Secretary Ros McLennan speak about the … Continue reading

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We deserve a living – Anti-Poverty Week

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A run down on some of the people speaking at We Deserve A Living – Anti-Poverty Week Conference 2018 on the 27th and 28th of October here in Brisbane. We’ll be covering a lot of ground in relation to poverty … Continue reading

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The road ahead: work, weather, water, war and coal

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“Climate change is the great moral challenge of our generation” – Kevin Rudd, 31 March 2007 at the National Climate Summit at Parliament House, in Canberra. Climate Change report warnings The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released … Continue reading

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Palestinian Film Festival 2018

Showcasing the very best of Palestinian cinema from around the world, the Palestinian Film Festival Australia is proud to present its 2018 program filled with gripping, award-winning features, shorts and documentaries screening in Sydney (20-27 Sept), Hobart (27-30 Sept), Melbourne … Continue reading

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Hayden dumped, again!

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No, not Bill Hayden who was dumped as leader by the Labor Party just before the 1983 election that ‘a drovers dog could have won‘. It was Matthew Hayden, cricketer, cook, and surfer who was dumped on a sand bank … Continue reading

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Queensland Govt abets elder abuse

“Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.” ― Franz Kafka, The Trial They left only his hat On Thursday 16 October 2104 at 10 am I arrived at the … Continue reading

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Abortion is a health issue

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Perhaps the last abortion rights rally will occur this Sunday, 4 October 2018 in Brisbane. Such rallies have gone on in this state for over 40 years. State government is on the verge of decriminalising of abortion. We publish this … Continue reading

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Brisbane Radical Events and Diary

If there are any events you’d like to include in future weekly emails to this list, please email us. Week of Tuesday 9th of October Thursday October 11 BFU Radical Reading Group 6pm at 2/63 Annerley Rd, Woolloongabba Facebook event … Continue reading

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Free travel on public transport!

The Queensland opposition often complains that Brisbane trains do not run on time. Public transport is in the doldrums because it is not funded properly and because fares are very expensive, particularly for unemployed, homeless and disadvantaged Queenslanders. Yes, Queensland … Continue reading

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No Gatton Women’s Prison

There are only a few days left to sign the petition! Join us in calling on the Queensland Government to return Southern Queensland Correctional Centre to public operation and stop selling out vulnerable women to private companies like Serco. If … Continue reading

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Money talks at West Village

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‘All that glitters is not gold‘  –  ‘Merchant of Venice’ by Shakespeare. Photo: Councillor for the Gabba, Jonathan Sri, looks at West Village site (Courier Mail). The hole in the ground is still there but there are now some extra … Continue reading

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The US stalking of Venezuela

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Join us for a discussion on the baleful influence of the United States upon the economy and society of Venezuela. Our discussion leaders will be Karla Manoli Orellana (Australia Solidarity for Latin America) and Eulalia Reyes de Whitney (Australia Venezuela … Continue reading

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Hurried Steps – end violence against women

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Jewel Towers over Moving Sands

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‘All that glitters is not gold‘ – ‘The Merchant of Venice’ by Shakespeare. On that stretch of beach known for decades as Surfers by the locals and badged as the Gold Coast for international consumption hump back and western wright … Continue reading