Monthly Archives: July 2007

The Palm Island Community Store – self determination and economic development or more government bullshit?


Palm Island background from

Palm Island background from Senator Andrew Bartlett

 The Palm Island store is currently owned by the Queensland Government.  It charges inflated prices to subsidise the transport of goods to other Aboriginal communities in Queensland.    The government has recently announced that the store is to be privatised, and there are two competitors for the tender.  One is  the Palm Island Community Store Aboriginal Corporation (PICSAC) and the other is a gaggle of bureacrats and mainly non-Palm Islanders supported by the state government.

Please sign the open letter to the Qld. government in the following link to show your support for the Palm Island Community Store Aboriginal Corporation’s bid to manage the Palm Island store.

Please  distribute the link through your networks.

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Fascism and disability in Queensland – The Guardianship and Administration Act.

See also – Picket – Expose the Qld. Office of the Adult Guardian. Stop neglect and cover-up.

In Queensland, any one of us can have our rights of freedom of movement and association taken off us for a period of 6 months at a tribunal hearing where we or our representative are not present. There is no capacity to appeal or object to this and not even the Attorney General can demand information about this process.

If we want to complain about this, the only people to complain to, by legislation, are the very people who have done it.

The totalitarian institutions that have this power are the Office of the Adult Guardian and the Guardianship and Administration Tribunal.

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Still laughing at “THE DISABLED”

The previous post looks at some of the theoretical issues surrounding the criticism of Michael Noonan’s film project “Unlikely Travellors”.

The following short clip is from Noonan’s work.  This is entitled “Unlikely Skipper”

This clip made me smile! 

 It is clearly the persons disability that is the focus of the humour – he is having difficulty with his task and gets frustrated.

I think it is groovy.


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Laughing at “THE DISABLED” – power, perception and prejudice.


A recent controversy at the Queensland University of Technology has has resulted in severe punitive action being taken  against two academics, Gary MacLennan and John Hookham who, in the name of speaking up for “the disabled”, publically criticised a Phd. Student, Michael Noonan and his Phd thesis “Laughing at the disabled (later renamed “laughing with the disabled”) for demeaning “the disabled”. The student is exploring the notions of “laughing at” and “laughing with” the disabled and is making a comedic film featuring two  men with intellectual disabilities.

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Wow, You tube and prime ministers. My, how times have changed!

Paul Keating’s Redfern statement 10/12/92 

This post is not yet another pointless comment about technology changing and politicians’ adaption to it. This YouTube video of Paul Keating’s famous Redfern Statement on December 10 1992 shows how much indigenous policy and understanding of history has changed. Sure there was much howling of disapproval in some sectors about this statement, but the point is a prime minister was able to say it, it was a perspective that had finally and rightfully found its way into the mainstream discussion of our history and national identity.

But in the short 11 years of the Howard government Australia has forgotten this perspective. It has been marginalised, vilified and simply dismissed as a black armband view of history. The great reforms that arose at the same time as Keating’s consciousness such as ATSIC, Native Title and the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody were all whittled away until nothing was left but the sound of the whittling knife.

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Will Australia invade Poland before the federal election?



I stole the above election posters from the Broken Left Leg.

The following is an article I wrote for the Dead Roo .  I have reproduced it here for no other reason than as an excuse to publish the posters.

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Jackboots in Paradise – Police at Doomadgee

This  video on You-tube “The kidnapping of Gregory Brenton”  is of an incident at the Doomadgee Aboriginal community in North Queensland. It indicates a clear lack of respect by police for Aboriginal residents of the community. As the video shows the police just marched into a private home and grabbed someone, not bothering to state their reasons until after a scuffle had broken out. Connected to the police’s obvious disrespect for those they are “serving” is their casual disrespect for proper protocols and procedures such as informing someone why they are being arrested before they are arrested.As Doomadgee is not in Queensland this incident has nothing to do with the recent federal government police and military interventions into Aboriginal communities. It is an indication of the day-to-day, business-as-usual situation of policing Queensland’s Aboriginal communities. No matter what fine rhetoric is employed by Queensland Premier Peter Beattie, John Howard or Mal Brough this incident shows how ridiculous it is to expect Aboriginal people to turn to the police for help in situations such as child abuse or any other sensitive matter. Whatever the indigenous policy at a state or federal level it will certainly fail when the grass roots of the public service, especially the police administer the law and social programs with such an attitude of disrespect as shown by the police in this video.

Four people other than the man arrested in the video have been charged as a result of this incident showing how such poor relationships between police and Aboriginal people is a major and direct contributing factor to the over representation of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system.

More information about the Doomadgee incident on the National Indigenous Radio Service news site.

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