Category Archives: Australian Politics

Bracks Resigns!

Victorian State Premier, Steve Bracks has just given a press conference announcing his resignation. He is resigning for personal reasons.

He’s prattling on about how good a job he’s done at the moment, but I will update when he talks about actual reasons.

UPDATE: He said that he has been pondering the decision for a while but recent events have confirmed the decision.

I put my money on Brumby for the next Premier. Unfortunately. Bracks is backing him so the chances are pretty high.

The next Leader will be elected on Monday morning at 11am.

The Labor Party must be crapping about this. He’s their biggest asset at a state level. And their is no one who immediatly comes to mind as a replacement who has anywhere near the charisma and nous as Bracks does.

UPDATE II

Apparently DP Thwaites is about to resign too!

UPDATE III

OK I spent some time dwelling about this one on the bus. I think this is pretty awful news for those of us who care about the environment. At least with Thwaites there, there is someone with a bit of green understandings (even if he is a complete wanker on indigenous issues…). Brumby however, is a numbers man. And unless you’re a Georgist, numbers men and looking after the environment don’t often go together very well.

Dunno, what do others think?

Scoopit!

Oi! Howard!

Aotearoa ALWAYS represent!

This is probably about the closest I’ll get to being nationalistic…

I had tears of joy and pride rolling down my cheeks as I watched the Maori TV coverage of the demo in Tamaki Makaurau yesterday in solidarity with the Aboriginal Nations in opposition to John Howard’s Invasion of Aboriginal Land. Mad props to the two arrested!

Awesome action people, and great to see the Te Whanganui e Tara posse are organising and a little birdy told me there is whispers of organisation in Outatahi as well.

There was also a fantastic statement from Metiria calling on international solidarity. And so far these groups have come out in support:

Whakaminenga o Te Paatu
Te Ata Tino Toa
Conscious Collaborations-Global Indigenous network
Mana Wahine
Solidarity Union
Socialist Worker (Aotearoa)
Human Rights Project Aotearoa
Wellington Wildcat Anarchist Collective
Aocafe (Aotearoa Cafe)
Green Party Aotearoa/NZ
Radical Youth (Auckland)
IA ImagineNative Action
Us crew in Australia better get our shit together then eh ;)

Always was, always will be, Aboriginal Land!

Scoopit!

Stop The Genocide

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Yeah what she said!

Howard’s new Tampa children overboard are our Aboriginal children.The Little Children are Sacred report does not advocate physically and psychologically invasive examinations of Aboriginal children, which could only be carried out anally and vaginally. It does not recommend scrapping the permit system to enter Aboriginal lands, nor does it recommend taking over Aboriginal ‘towns’ by enforced leases. These latter two points in the Howard scheme hide the true reason for the Federal Government’s use of the latest report for blatant political opportunism.

It has been an openly stated agenda that Howard wants to move Aboriginal people off their lands, and has made recent attempts to buy off Aboriginal people by offering them millions for agreeing to lease their lands to the Federal Government, e.g. Tiwi Islands and Tangentyere in Alice Springs. There was also the statement by the Federal Government that it could not continue (?!) to provide essential services to remote communities, which raised an uproar of responses in the press. The focus on the sexual abuse of children is guaranteed to evoke the most emotive responses, and therefore command attention, just like the manipulation of the Tampa situation. But while the attention of the media and the public is being emotionally coerced, what is being sneaked in under the covers?

Two issues specifically – mining companies have applied for more exploration permits in the Northern Territory, the Jabiluka uranium mining operations at Kakadu have already hit the media because of the mining company’s applications to the Government to significantly expand its operations, including establishing new mines at Coronation Government has already mooted that nuclear waste should be dumped in the Northern Territory, on Aboriginal lands. Aboriginal traditional owners are absolutely opposed to this. We have a long history of deaths and illness from radiation, from the atomic tests at Woomera in the 1950s to the current high incidences of carcinomas in the community at Kakadu near the Jabiluka site. The main obstacle to the Federal Government’s desired expansion of mining operations in the Northern Territory and nuclear waste dumping is, of course, the Aboriginal people who have occupancy of, and rights under the common law to, their traditional lands. Continue reading

Exactly

This is the last throw of the dice for John Howard. He is doing one big favour for the mining industry which he has faithfully served in public life for the past 30 years by rolling back Aboriginal ownership of their tribal lands.

Cynically, cruelly but utterly predictably, he’s doing it under the hypocritical colours of humanitarianism. (Very similar to the invasion and occupation of Iraq sold as “spreading democracy”). In his four terms as PM, he has starved indigenous health, education and housing of funds, abolished ATSIC and pointedly marginalised the Aboriginal Affairs portfolio. This particular pre-election pitch is aimed at Lateline viewers, readers of The Age and The SMH and ABC stalwarts, the demographic that constitutes Australian (small “l”) liberalism. These are the feeble-brained, hand-wringers who are congenitally incapable of separating the wood from the trees. They are types currently heard sobbing: “I’m no fan of Mr Howard, but at least he’s DOING SOMETHING!”

Yes, he is: he’s giving the mining giants the leg-up they need to start exploring, digging and quarrying in indigenous lands in the Northern Territory and then elsewhere. He is being aided and abetted by Kevin Rudd’s craven behaviour. Instead of falling into line with Howard’s agenda, he should have demanded complete details of the plan, the highest-level briefing, sought face-to-face meetings with Aboriginal leaders, state premiers, police and army officers and taken the lead in a national debate. Instead, he mouthed pieties such as “I’m taking Mr Howard at his word” and “I believe the Prime Minister when he says he is responding to a national crisis” etc etc. Has anyone realised that these are almost the same words used by Kim Beazley when he backed Howard during the Tampa scam? By his pusillanimous approach, Rudd has vacated leadership on the tragic issue of rescuing Aboriginal communities and given Howard the opportunity to play his sickening Father of the Nation role. Paul Keating, you were right about the Rudd team of fixers, hucksters, flyweights and spineless opportunists.

Alex Mitchell

UPDATE

And as for mr ‘it’s time us black fullahs got over ourselves and start prioritising kids (and my ego while we’re at it).  And if we have to chose between land and our kids I know what I’d chose” fuckface.

DO YOU NOT GET IT?

You are actually backing one of the most racist pieces of government action since the beginning of colonisation in Australia.

“Oh but it’s time to stop talking and have some action.”

OK so you wanna go and explain that to the women in these communities who have had absolutely no communication or consultation on this plan and all they’ve heard is that the army is coming in?  You wanna go explain to them that noone’s gonna steal their kids?  You wanna ssuggest that taking off into the bush during this time of the year is probably not too smart given how cold it’s getting in the desert?

Oh no, too late you can’t cause it’s too late.

Wake up Noel.  We all know that the situation is untenable.  We’ve been lobbying the pollies for ages on what to do.  What he’s done now is not out of compassion.  It wasn’t thought through.  It has been executed appalingly.

And yes, we will hold you responsible.  You have his ear, but you stopped listening to the people.

Bloody hell I’m pissed off.

Justice for Mulrunji

I’m not sure why but a part of me still hoped that there would be some justice on this case. An Indigenous man loses his life for what? 40 years on and you would’ve thought that the Queensland Police would have caught on to the fact that Indigenous Australians have the same righs as other citizens. I wonder if he would’ve given a dog more attention if it was calling out in pain…

In solidarity, I totally support this demo. And I call for a Treaty process to be entered into with the people of Palm Island to acknowledge their sovereignty.

Demand Justice for Mulrunji

 

Mourn for the death of justice in Queensland


Rally, Friday 22 June, 12:30 pm
Steps of the old GPO for a speak out and march to State Parliament

Wear black or I ndige nous colours.

  • Implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in Custody in full!
  • Establish elected community controlled civilian review boards to hold the cops to account
  • No justice on stolen land


Called jointly by Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne and Socialist Alliance
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The Market Prevails! Or something…

You’ve gotta read this.  Gavin Putland (who is probably one of the cleverest extreme nerds I’ve ever met) has written an article about a Corporate Solution to Rape.  It is really quite clever what he’s up to and I don’t want to spoil it so go read it.

And then if you found that interesting and you live in Melbourne, you should go to this tomorrow night.

Budget analysis

Doesn’t Kevin Rudd look like that guy from Heroes?

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ebay 1 Howard 0

So some clever pants put John Howard’s Integrity on ebay and it got ruled a “non-item”

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

Sucks to be Howard.

Cops on drugs

So I’ve been meaning to post this wee tale.

Yip, so on Saturday was hanging out behind the Safeway in Carlton opposite the Police Station and the Police were having some kind of community open day thingy.  It was all pretty typical, bouncy castles, sausage sizzles and kids posing on the police motor bike.

But then the strangest thing happened.  The piping band warmed up and took the stage.  They started up and I thought ‘crikey this tune is familiar’ and then I realised that they were playing the Bob the Builder tune.  I thought ‘eh? that’s a bit weird’ but then figured it was a family fun day so they were probably just trying to get ‘down with the kids’ so they wouldn’t think that cops were things to be afraid of (this perception always fades after the first protest…).

But then they mashed into the next tune and started to play an Eminem track!  I mean,WTF???  That’s just crazy!  They did this whole medley of ‘hip and cool’ music.  What the hell are they on?

I spent the whole time sharing bemuzed looks with all the passers by.  Glad to see all your hard earned tax payer dollars are supporting police promoting violence and drug use.

What a day to leave your video camera at home….

Mad Crazy Knitting Riots

Yay, so in the weekend I went to the Melbourne Social Forum and was involved with running a workshop on the craft revolution. It was heaps of fun and we all got to learn how to knit with plastic bags!! Totally revolutionary that!!

Plastic Bag Knitters

And I saw that embroidery is certainly catching on around the traps. I met this guy with an amazing embroidered denim suit. I didn’t get a very good photo of it but this will give you an idea…

Suit back

Finally I found this wee piece on the Earthsharing Australia stall. I was pleased to see my ranting about radical cross stitch has been rubbing off on some people I know ;)

Earthsharing Cloud

And I must say the MSF was awesome fun. I learn’t heaps and did some great networking. And had a great time stitching! Can’t wait til next year.

Uncle Kev Needs Our Rev

Uncle Kevin Buzzacott , elder of the Arabunna Lands of South Australia ,the Keepers of Lake Eyre and indigenous campaigner has been diagnosed with cancer. As part of his recovery process over 35 indigenous and non-indigenous artist’s have gathered together to put on a spectacular benefit.

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Change the Political Climate: Turn Up The Heat

That’s the theme for this years Melbourne Social Forum.  I highly recommend you go check out what’s on this year cause it’s shaping up really nicely.

You can also meet hot men :)

Nazis are SO last century

dumb-nazi.jpgIn lieu of me getting around to writing some great post about Boycotting the Birmingham. You really should see the postcard that Sparx made. It’s funny, in a self-referential-art-wank kinda way which I like.

Oh and if I was allowed to drink beer, I wouldn’t go there.
I’m not going to go there for chips either.
Or crap bands!!