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Stop Land Forces Expo

Paradigm Shift (4ZZZ fm 102.1 Fridays at noon) February 26, 2021

This week we talk all about weapons expos. Inspired by the upcoming “Land Forces 2021”, we hear Zelda Grimshaw talk about how Australian manufactured weapons end up killing West Papuan civilians, and Iain McIntyre about how protestors shut down the AIDEX weapons fair for good in the early 90’s.



Aireleke – Full freedom
Te VakaPapua I Sisifo
Thugs and Terrorists – Media Lies

Free us from Thales and the Land Forces Expo

Thales – c640–546? b.c., Greek philosopher, born in Miletus.
Thales – the weapons manufacturer – is owned by the Government of France, by Dassault Aviation, and employee share ownership.

Qld Premier, annastacia palaszczuk opening manufacture of arms and armoured cars in Maryborough.

In June 2021 a military expo is coming to Brisbane. This is supported by the Queensland government and the Australian Army but mostly by the arms industry corporations like Thales, Raytheon, Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions that make bullets and armoured cars in Maryborough.

The Land Forces Expo ’21 will run from 1-3 June at the Brisbane Convention Centre in South Brisbane.

Different government same policy

Nearly 50 years ago a similar show of military might hit the streets of Brisbane supported by another conservative government led by Bjelke-Petersen. On the 3rd December 1977 the largest display of military might since WWII ploughed up Queen Street. Tanks rolled down the street, dozens of military aircraft flew overhead, hundreds of troops marched before clapping crowds. This was a celebration of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee organised by showman and entrepreneur Harry M Miller.

Within a couple of hours 210 people were arrested only 50 metres away trying to march out King Geroge Square for democratic rights. Here is some archival sound and vision of that event.

Here is a brief description of Harry M Miller’s Queen’s Silver Jubilee on 3 Dec 1977 in Queens Street, Brisbane . Thousands of troops blocked the streets for two and a half hours.

Only two hours later and a block away, there was a march for democratic rights by 3,000 trade unionists and citizens. 210 people were arrested by 700 police forming a blockade in Albert Street. The narrators are Leslie Mannison and Ian Curr from the Civil Liberties Co-ordinating committee and the video of the event can be found at

Stop  the Land Forces exhibition in June at the Brisbane Convention Centre in June 2021!

CLCC film of the Democratic Rights struggle 1977

Vlad the Impaler came to Queensland

Paradigm Shift – Vlad Laws In Queensland – 8 Nov 2013

PShift (4ZZZ fm 102.1 Noon on Fridays) interviewed the attorney general, Jarrod Bleijie, about the rise to power of Vlad’s gang and his attempt to put its leader in jail for 400 years. In introducing the toughest laws in the world, Vlad’s nemesis Bleijie seems to have taken Monty Python’s satire, the Piranha Brothers, to heart.

Image: Concerned Christians, linked arms and wearing anti-uranium badges, prepare to march on 22 Oct 1977. 418 people were arrested that afternoon marching from KGSq in Brisbane. The largest single mass arrest in Australian history.

Fitzgerald criticises Newman Government’s “anti-bikie” crusade

28 October 2013
Celebrated investigator Tony Fitzgerald has criticised the Newman Government’s “anti-bikie” crusade and the new laws for sex offenders in prison describing its makers as “demagogues”.

Bleijie a “disgrace” as AG: O’Gorman… O’Gorman has criticised Queensland Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie over the drafting of the state’s new anti-bikie laws, saying as the … disgrace”. Mr O’Gorman said Mr Bleijie’s admission the laws will likely be challenged highlights his …

Qld Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie seeks to drop parole orders and suspended sentences… Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie is looking to drop court-ordered parole and suspended jail sentences in … tougher approach to crime. Mr Bleijie said parole orders are ineffective, with about 300 offenders returning …


The Otways – still wild, still free!

Paradigm Shift 1 Nov 2013

Ian talks with Otway Ranges Environmental Network OREN spokesperson and Andy Paine, sometime forest blockader.

This is the story the Otways Ranges Environment Network (OREN), a diverse grassroots network of people who devoted seven years of their lives to successfully end clearfell logging and woodchipping of biodiverse native forest in the Otways Ranges.

Many in OREN suffered violence, incarceration, financial loss and finally abandonment by the peak environmental groups and the Greens Party yet won their campaign using a decentralised, regionally focused activist strategy.

There were both the external and internal conflicts OREN faced, the highs and the lows and the unrelenting devotion of those involved, from activists living in trees to Collins street business-men.

OREN still attracts attention as a case study to inspire similar campaigns around the world.

Free West Papua

Free West Papua
Paradigm Shift Friday’s at noon 4ZZZ fm 102.1

Friday 25 October 2013: Andy’s got a good show lined up this week about the flotilla to West Papua with live guests in the studio.

In the 1970s Matthew Meyer a member of the One’s Peoples Army from West Papua came to Brisbane. Matthew spent years in exile here after  a lucky tip-off that he was to be deported from PNG back to West Papua and a likely death at the hands of the TNI Indonesia’s ruthless military occupation of West Papua. Matthew could often be seen on the steps of the Australian Government Centre protesting Australia’s engagement with Indonesia while our nearest neighbour is under military occupation.

“We have a responsibility to care for our brothers and sisters from across the water. We must bring the water and the fire, the love and the music to heal the country and move in solidarity.”  – Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, Arabunna Aboriginal Elder.

The Catholic Worker movement in Brisbane spent a lot of time campaigning for human rights in both East Timor and West Papua. Indonesia has  a predominately Muslim population that is wary of Australia because of its close relationship with the United States.


This is ironic because the US Secretary of State Kissinger gave Suharto the go ahead to invade East Timor in 1975. Radio Fretilin was set up a pirate radio station in the Northern Territory. Fretilin the Revolutionary Front of Independent East Timor is composed of administrators, teachers, and other “newly recruited members of the urban elites.” Fretilin had ties with the Catholic Church and Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo.  Fretilin leader Jose Ramos Horta was educated in catholic school.

 Fretilin quickly became more popular than the other main political party the United Democratic Front (UDT) due to a variety of social programs Fretilin introduced to the populace. Bishop Belo was no Bishop Romero but he did criticise the Indonesians after a massacre in 1983 in East Timor.

Bishop Belo gave sanctuary in his own home, as he did on various occasions, to youths escaping the Santa Cruz massacre (1991), and endeavoured to expose the numbers of victims killed. The Catholic Church attempted to give sanctuary to East Timorese during the Dili massacre in 1999 but rather than preventing deaths, contributed to them losing several of their own in the bloody rampage instigated by Indonesian authorities.

Wiser heads in Dili fled to the mountains when Indonesian Koppassis unleashed militia against the defenceless population who voted for independence. Australia was forced by popular opinion to send troops to rescue the situation. Some Australian soldiers came back tormented by what they saw.

In West Papua, the Indonesian military is equally ruthless in putting down the One People’s army.

Listen in to PShft show today 25 October 2013 Paradigm Shift Friday’s at noon 4ZZZ fm 102.1

Bishop Romero was the catholic bishop of El Salvador who was strongly influenced by liberation theology. The Romero centre in Brisbane is named after Bishop Romero. Bishop Romero was assassinated by the dictatorship in El Salvador.

Australia – US Alliance

Welcome to the Paradigm Shift on FM 102.1 4ZZZ Fridays at noon. We challenge the assumptions of our current society, to resist oppression
… February 19, 2021

The People’s Inquiry invites you to join us for the first in a series of webinars on the US-Australian alliance – on the environment and community. These webinars are held as a part of the People’s Inquiry into the costs and consequences of Australia’s involvement in US-led wars and the US alliance. We are lucky enough to have this series kicked off by two of the Inquiry’s panellists: Very Rev. Dr Peter Catt who is the panellist for the area of Social and Community, and Ian Lowe AO who is the panellist for the area of Environment and Climate Change.

Annette Brownlie, IPAN’s chairperson, will be hosting.

This week we speak to GU Emeritus Professor Ian Lowe about the US alliance and the way it affects Australian environmental sustainability.

Redgum – Lear jets over Kulgera
Carla Geneve – red rocks
Lisa & Tony – Planet
Kev Carmody – Dubya love ya?
Rose Carrousel – Love for our future

Event by Independent & Peaceful Australia Inquiry

Please RSVP for the webinar via Zoom and for more information go to our website

If you have questions for the panellists please send them to

“All we leave behind are the memories”

Architecture students re-presenting UQ Union complex

Ian talks with Postgrad architecture students, Adele Mammone, Thomas Webster and Ali Rad Yousefnia who are offering their alternative to wholesale demolition of UQ Union complex and a new vision of the University – a social alternative to running it as ‘a business, a very bad one’. They want things like an open space run by students, a co-op, free lunch days or cheap food, an op shop and much more.

Jumping Fences – View from a Wooden Chair

Ali Rad Yousefnia and Sercan Pesan – Ederlezi
Published first on YouTube 5 Jun 2020. The song was recorded at Alti Anti bri art gallery in Feb 2019, Ankara, Turkey. All rights reserved for Ali Rad Yousefnia and Sercan Pesan.

Banner Image – The play ‘Bacchoi’ inside Schonell Theatre
Quote – “All we leave behind are the memories” – Deen Brothers demolitions, Brisbane

Land Rights – ‘doing culture and protecting country’

Welcome to the Paradigm Shift on FM 102.1 4ZZZ Fridays at noon. We challenge the assumptions of our current society, to resist oppression …more

February 5, 2021

This week we talk about doing culture and protecting country. We chat to Kabi people, who have set up a camp to protect their sacred site Djaki Kundu from a highway bypass; and to Coedie McAvoy from the Wangan and Jagalingou people, who are back out on country trying to stop Adani’s Carmichael coal mine.

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Fascism on the Rise?

On Paradigm Shift (4ZZZ fm 102.1) we talk about about neo-nazism in Australia. It’s been in the news recently overseas, but how much of a presence and threat is it in Australia? And how do we resist it to create an inclusive society? We speak with Jeff Sparrow, author of the book “Fascists Among Us” about online neo-nazi culture; and anti-fascist activist, Tom Tanuki.

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Image from Slack Bastard

Nazism (or National Socialism) is a brand of Fascism. It arose from a particular set of circumstances in Germany in the 1930s. High unemployment and low national self-esteem after a crushing defeat in World War I gave rise to Kristallnacht or the ‘night of broken glass’. This was an anti-Semitic pogrom that led to the the concentration camps and the holocaust based on the ridiculous notion that blond blue-eyed Germans were a super race. Fascism emphasises the importance of the state being ruled by one central dictator – “a man who is ruthless and energetic enough to make a clean sweep” said Benito Mussolini.

Recent events in the US and Europe suggest that neo-nazism is on the rise. So called Proud Boys attacked the heart of liberal democracy on Capitol Hill in Washington when the centrist Democratic Party managed to oust Donald Trump from the Presidency after four years of the United States moving further to the right.

Tom Tanuki has a facebook page called “Yelling at racist dogs” which, as the title suggests, encourages people to attack people with racist views.

“Yelling at Racist Dogs” (YARDS) also outs right wing iconoclasts like AVI YEMINI who goes around abusing people from progressive causes like the recent School Strikes for Climate Action.

Much of the fascist and racist material can be found online. Andy and Tom discuss the role of Parler, the social media website and app popular with the American far right. Is it more than 15 year old males acting out? The FBI seems to think so, as it is investigating Parler’s role the attacks on the Capitol building just prior to Biden’s inauguration as US President. They also discuss Reclaim Australia, a racist group that gained prominence and some followers egged on by the likes of Pauline Hanson.

In the shadow of the massacre near two mosques in Christchurch, are Australian fascists on the rise? – Andy asks writer and broadcaster, Jeff Sparrow. [Sparrow was one of the editors of Radical Melbourne and Communism – a love story.]

Sparrow wrote the book, Fascists Among Us, because of his concern that Australian authorities did not take the reasons for the Christchurch massacre seriously. The perpetrator published a fascist manifesto online in an attempt to justify the attacks. Andy and Jeff discuss the rise of the Alt right in the US and United Patriotic Front and Reclaim Australia here. Some of the talk online is bluster but some of the ideas are organised by White Nationalists at Gyms and Martial Arts clubs. They discuss the skin head phenomenon in Britain and their attacks on immigrants.

Recently neo-Nazis went camping in The Grampians in Victoria

Andy outlines some websites that monitor and ‘out’ the activities of these right wing groups. Slack Bastard is one and argues that:

” … the incident (of extremists camping out in the Grampians) has generated quite a lot of commentary, much of which has revolved around what might be an appropriate response to this news. The discussion has been given particular relevance in light of both the inability of police to take legal action and the recent announcement of a federal government inquiry into ‘extremism’. Hence, Greg Barton has argued that: ‘Now would be a good time for Australia to follow the lead of Five-Eyes partners such as Canada and formally proscribe far-right extremist groups such as the Proud Boys. Doing so would go some way to helping the police better do their job.’ Others have suggested that current laws, specifically counter-terrorism legislation, should be sufficient to address right-wing extremism and terrorism.”

The Glitter Rats – All you fascists
ZSK – Antifascista
Penelope Swales – The Ides of March in Christchurch
When Our Turn Comes – You’ll always lose in Melbourne
Linton Kwesi Johnson – Fite dem back

In defence of the Forest

This week’s Paradigm Shift 24 Jan 2021 is all about independent filmmaking to document activism and protect the environment. We chat to Sally Ingleton (director of the new film “Wild Things – A Year on the frontline of environmental activism”), Jane Hammond (director of “Cry of the Forests” about Western Australian forests and the fight to protect them), and Ramji (videographer for “Forest Defenders”, about Tasmanian old growth forest blockading). It’s like the greenie Oscars!

Part II is an extended part of the interview with Sally Ingleton.

Lock on – environmental blockades in Australia

Welcome to the Paradigm Shift on FM 102.1 4ZZZ Fridays at noon. We challenge the assumptions of our current society, to resist oppression … January 15, 2021

This week we hear from the environmental frontlines around the country. We speak to Miranda Gibson about Olney State Forest in New South Wales, Erik Hayward about protecting Tasmania’s ancient forests, and Leon Pateman about locking on to Adani’s bulldozers in central Queensland – all people putting themselves in the way of the machines destroying our planet.

Miranda Gibson is from Forrest defenders (New South Wales) talks about how, late 2020, loggers and machines went into the Olney state forest to begin cutting down native forest. In response Forest Defenders set up camp and began blockading the logging.  She is trying to build a community support especially given the large impact that the bushfires had in 2020 where many animals and trees have been rescued. A blockade camp is a last resort it is a frontline action designed to slow down the companies attempting to log our native forests.

Eric Heywood from the Bob Brown foundation has been attempting to prevent the logging of native rainforest in the Tarkine in the North West and also in the Southwest.

Leon Pateman spent 10 hours locked-on to a large machine preventing a contractor (BMD) hello from building the road for the Adani mine in central Queensland. He went to court received a phone of $1000 with no conviction. Queensland Premier, Anastasia Palaschuk, claims the mundane pipe he used is a dangerous attachment device. The Labour party has passed laws that can result in imprisonment.

Ian and Andy discuss weather the blockade of the Adani mine will be successful.

Paul Spencer – Make some music
iNsuRge – Lock on
Conation – Slow motion catastrophes
Zelda Da – Never gonna build that mine