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Pine Gap – Peace Crimes

Paradigm Shift 4ZZZ fm 102.1 Fridays at noon – 7 Aug 20

Today we talk about Pine Gap – the secretive US military spy base in the middle of Australia. We speak with Kieran Finnane who has just written a book “Peace Crimes” about the base and acts of resistance to it; and also to investigative journalist legend Brian Toohey about how Pine Gap affects Australia’s sovereignty – and did it play a role in the dismissal of Gough Whitlam?

On 26 September 2016 Margie, Andy, Tim, Jim and Franz walked onto Pine Gap to participate in a lament of the wars and deaths it has enabled.

They were all charged with entering a prohibited area, contrary to section 9(1) Defence (Special Undertakings) Act 1952 (Cth). Andy filmed the lament and was also charged with use of a camera in a prohibited area, contrary to section 17(1) Defence (Special Undertakings) Act 1952 (Cth. Maximum penalty for each offence is imprisonment for 7 years.

Kieran Finnane tells the story of these peace activists in her book. Listen to Andy interviewing Kieran about her book.

Image:Peace Crimes: Pine Gap, National Security and Dissent” cover by Kieran Finnane

Sole & DJ Pain 1 – National bird
Combat Wombat – Shoot to kill
Redgum – Servin’ USA
The (International) Noise Conspiracy – Washington Bullets

Urban Revolution

La Révolution urbaine first appeared in 1970, in the aftermath of the May 1968 uprising in Paris. Cities around the world from Detroit to Tokyo, Prague to Mexico City, were the scene of major revolts … and …culminated in worldwide challenges to capitalism, war, racism, patriarchy, imperialism, and the alienation of modern urban life …” ― Henri Lefebvre, The Urban Revolution

Many people accept the design of their cities as a given. The poster sent out by a local Brisbane councillor this week challenges that. So too does the recent episode of the Paradigm Shift (4ZZZ fm 102.1 – Fridays at noon) about Placemaking compered by Andy Payne.

After laying out the theoretical framework with David Enwicht in last weeks episode of Paradigm Shift, this week Andy talks with activists about more practical aspects of ‘placemaking’. This throws up the contest for space in the city. In an interview with community development worker, Eloise Telford, Andy uses the example of West End in Brisbane where there is a battle going on between radicals concept of ‘the village’ and developers plans for ‘high-rise high-density living’.

‘The village’ concept is all about people whereas the ‘developers concept’ is all about money. Eloise Telford stresses the importance of human centred design, and the sense of discovery where you don’t know where a particular element of the environment leads. She argues this is a good thing, it’s about an organic relationship with the world and not just having it ‘look nice’.

Another example is what to do with the land above the Gabba Railway station when the crossriver rail is built.

The Kangaroo Point blockade outside a detention centre on Brisbane’s Southside was begun in response to the daily protests by refugees detained by the Department of home affairs in that suburb. When the government ramped up the issue by attempting to extract a number of refugees imprisoned inside a local group calling itself Refugee Solidarity Meanjin instituted a blockade. This is changed both the space and relationships and connection with the refugees detained inside. Aided by music and poetry a 24-hour vigil, the refugees gained hope.

This in turn gave activists more incentive to sign up and to learn about radical politics. So now discussion centres more around capitalism and its systemic failures than about racism where the discussion was two months ago.

This space has brought on a contest between blockaders, the city council, police, and the Department of Home affairs. Local neighbours and businesses have been forced to take sides. For example the town planners opposite Kangaroo Point Central apartments have chosen 2 complain to police about noise and inconvenience to their business.

On 31 August Paradigm Shift followed up last week’s chat with Part II on “placemaking”. Andy talked to Eloise Telford about the practice and politics of placemaking, and with Sophie Thompson about the way the refugee blockade at Kangaroo Point has used and transformed the space around the refugee detention centre.

So Andy Payne writes on his blog:

“Another momentary crack has appeared in that seemingly impenetrable wall of refugee cruelty. It has allowed for an exchange of human solidarity between isolated refugees and exasperated supporters, inspiring both to keep going. With the blockade demanding an end to forced transfers and release from detention by christmas, and a year that continually seems to produce the unexpected, it just might lead to something more permanent.” (See )

Plus more songs about Brisbane places!

Big Iron – Milton
Harley Young and the Haymakers – Margate Girl Friend
Hedley Johnson – Rock on down to Musgrave Park
Ah Fuck That! – Slaughter Myora
Bernard Fanning – Moreton Bay
Lisi – 64 Bars

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This week Paradigm Shift spoke about “placemaking” with David Engwicht – what does it mean to create places designed for human and community flourishing?

What are some examples?

We also play some great songs about places in Brisbane.

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This is part of a series of two programs Andy will be back next week with part 2.

Placemaking with David Enwicht from Creative Communities International, Business Boosters Program, and 7-day make over.
Placemaking definition – ‘homemaking’, making a public space with a sense of home. Previous generations had the corner store but now common space is shrinking and becoming atomised. [There is a privatisation of public spaces being allowed by state and local governments.]

Andy – These days we spend a lot of time inside (in homes & cars & online) giving a feeling of placelessness.

DE – The 6 foot high fence and garage as an entrance to a house has a lot to do with reducing the sense of neighbourhood. So David converted his yard into a ‘pubic park’. It already had a bike track on three sides. Thus changed his neighbours perception of the local area. 50% speculated that the furniture in the yard would be stolen. Two and a half years later this has not happened which gives people a different view. A filter of fears.

Andy – Is this an example of nostalgia for the good old days?

DE – We don’t wish to go back to the days when women were expected to stay at home and look after the kids but keeping the home and building support and community networks are important especially in times of crisis like the bushfires and pandemic. Otherwise people are isolated.

David spoke about the great effort to makeover Tuncurry by townspeople on the central coast of NSW. He said that desgn is important but the feelings and changes must come from the community. He did not distinguished between the official and the DIY. He said that councils need to be less proscriptive outlining purpose and objectives rather than ways of achieving that.

Notes by Ian Curr
24 July 2020

Indigenous Intrudaz – Inala still the same
Black Parasol – Chermside
D-Rouser – Logan town
Paddy McHugh – Brunswick Street
Bertie Page Clinic – My sister’s friend’s cousin from Woodridge

Voices inside KP Prison

This week we speak with a couple of the refugees locked up inside the Kangaroo Point central apartments about 7 years in detention and the power of solidarity from the 24-7 vigil that has been happening there the last month.

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Phil Monsour – Stand with us
Farhad Bandesh – feat. Laura Jean – Friendship
Kazem Kazemi – Covid 19
Combat Wombat – Asylum
Tony Mockeridge & 3 Miles From Texas – Article 14

New Coal Mines in Australia

We will be loud against the silence
Angry at the greed
We will not beg

We are defiant
Tell it like it is

– Phil Monsour and the crisis actors, ‘Our House is on fire

The global climate deal reached at the Paris climate talks was silent on what do to about coal. It isn’t even mentioned in the (Paris 2015) agreement text.

This week the Paradigm Shift (4ZZZ fm 102.1 Fridays at Noon) looks around the country at proposed new coal mines and the resistance to them – from Gomeroi traditional owners in NSW to farmers in central Queensland.

$1.2 billion Shenhua Watermark Coal Mine

We also have an update from Ben Pennings (Galilee Blockade) on the campaign to stop Adani’s infamous Carmichael mine in Central Queensland.

New Coal in Qld & NSW

Paradigm Shift

Andy, Ian & guests

Friday 12:00 – 1:00 PM July 3, 2020

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

This week we look around the country at proposed new coal mines and the resistance to them – from Gomeroi traditional owners in NSW to farmers in central Queensland. We will also have an update on the campaign to stop Adani’s infamous Carmichael mine in Central Queensland.

Ziggy Ramo – Stand for something
The Lurkers – Mining man
Mick Daley and the Corporate Raiders – No minister
Stretch Farbrigas – Adani stinky farty
Formidable Vegetable Sound System – Climate movement

Black Lives Matter

June 26, 2020
Friday 12:00 – 1:00 PM

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

Susan interviews Peter Gray from Radical Times in the United States.

There is an uprising going on in the United States after police murdered George Floyd, an African American man living in Minneapolis. Some parallels exist with the rioting that went on after Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis in 1968. Not because George Floyd was a public figure like Dr King but because of the frustration felt by the community for ongoing racism. No political party in the US has come out attacking the root causes that stem from capitalism’s inability to deal with poverty, lack of public housing, mass incarceration, drug and alcohol abuse. Wall Street surely must crash.

Other voices
James Baldwin on ‘Black Lives Matter‘ in 1963, 100 years after the abolition of slavery in the South.
Malcolm X on Police Brutality, Martin Luther King‘s Dream and Corretta Scott King on Racism Michael Cogswell on Louis Armstrong (with thanks to Fresh Air podcast from New York C

A Change is Gonna Come – Aretha Franklin (Sam Cook original from Atlanta Records 1967)
Soldier we love you – Rita Martinson
Southern Man – Neil Young
Mack the Knife – Lotte Lenya & Louis Armstrong

Transcript @…-in-the-us/

Restorative Justice in Prisons

John Stuart with Detective at Boggo Road Jail Brisbane

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

Friday June 19, 2020

This week John Jiggens speaks to former director of Queensland Corrective Services Keith Hamburger about the recent Productivity Commission report into prison recidivism.

How can we use principles of restorative justice and justice reinvestment to reduce the number of people in prison and try to make our society safer and more just beyond the shallow “tough on crime” rhetoric?

Banner Image – Stuart Creek Prison Townsville circa 1900.

Roger Knox – Goulburn Jail

Vic Simms – Stranger in my country

Warumpi Band – Jailanguru pakarnu

Nooky – 432-0

Yothu Yindi – Jailbreak

The Adele Effect – institutional racism in Queensland Health

Paradigm Shift 4zzz fridays at noon 12 June

** A note to indigenous people this radio program contains recordings, images and songs about people who are deceased.

Ian interviews Alec Doomadgee, at Black lives Matter rally outside Brisbane City Hall 6th of June 2020. Alec criticised Queensland Health for institutional racism in its dealings with his sister, Adele.

Ian interviews local member for Traeger, Robbie Katter, for his response to the allegations made by Alec Doomadgee about failure of duty of care by Queensland Health. Robbie Katter says that Alec Doomadgee is someone that he listens to because of his connection with local community. Robbie critised those in government who speak ‘from afar‘ and who do not follow up their words ‘with deeds‘.

Doomadgee is in your electorate of Traeger (Far North Queensland) … how many Aboriginal people live in that town?
About 2,000
What medical services are available in the township of Doomadgee?
Doomadgee Hospital or medical centre
What can you tell us about the death of Adele Sandi from Doomadgee?
Do you know what medical condition Adele Sandi suffered from?
Heart disease
Is rheumatic fever prevalent among indigenous people in the gulf ?
I don’t know
Why wasn’t Adele Sandi transported to a hospital where she could receive proper medical treatment for her cardiac condition?
I think there needs to be an inquiry
Did you speak to the Doomadgee family about arranging transport for Adele?
I spoke to Alec Doomadgee on Saturday when she passed away
Who is responsible for making decisions regarding transport of seriously ill patients from Doomadgee?
The Chief Medical Officer or the DON (Director of nursing)

Billie Holliday – Strange Fruit
Stiff Gins – Go go
Spinfex Gum at the G – Dreamtime

Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

Paradigm Shift 4zzz fm 102.1 Friday, June 5, 2020 – Policing Aboriginal People and Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

This week we look at policing of aboriginal people in Australia, especially the ongoing issue of aboriginal deaths in police custody.

We speak with:

  1. Sophie Trevitt from Change The Record about the issue and their campaign to address it;

2. Lawyer Monique Hurley about how the recent coronial inquest into the death of Tanya Day could change the way black deaths in custody are dealt with; and,

3. Boe Spearim from Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance who are organising a Black Lives Matter rally tomorrow.

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Kev Carmody – Black deaths in custody
Stiff Gins – Go go
The Last Kinection – The young dancer is dead
Tiddas – Malcolm Smith
Birdz – Black lives matter

The children came back

Paradigm Shift 4ZZZ fm 102.1 Friday at Noon – 29 May 2020.

This week we talk about aboriginal child removal rates. This Tuesday was Sorry Day, the anniversary of the Bringing Them Home report into the stolen generations. So why are people talking about a second stolen generation happening now? We find out by speaking to Richard Weston from Family Matters and Karen Fusi from Grandmothers Against Removals.

KARLA HART – Had to be
KERIANNE COX – Stolen children
BOB RANDALL – Brown skin baby
BRIGGS FT. GURRUMUL – The children came back