Aboriginal activist Sam Watson died yesterday at the age of 67. A lifelong fighter and radical much beloved by the Murri community, Sam’s passing also leaves a huge gap on the Brisbane left, of which he was a mainstay for many decades. As a proud Wangerriburra and Birri Gubba man with blood ties to the Jagara, Kalkadoon and Noonuccal Peoples, Sam was a warrior in the fight for Indigenous rights and against racism.
Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced that the Labor government will fast track the outstanding approvals required for Adani’s Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin. The announcement was supposedly a necessary response to Labor’s electoral drubbing in Queensland. The state government is using the widely-accepted narrative that Queensland workers want Labor to approve the mine, so it is just being democratic.
Pauline Hanson calls herself an outsider who stands up for “ordinary Australians” against the elite.
The following is a summary of “Why Queensland is different”, published in Marxist Left Review number 15, summer 2018. To purchase a copy go to www.MarxistLeftReview.org.
The recent toppling of confederate statues in the US should inspire us to tear down some racist statues of our own.
September marks 15 years since the US state turned the tragedy of the World Trade Centre attacks into a justification for years of brutality and horror inflicted on the population of the Middle East.