In the early hours of the morning of Friday the 28th of February 2014, the corporate headquarters of G4S - 441 St.Kilda Road Melbourne, were attacked by people outraged by the recent events on Manus Island. G4S was the contractor responsible for 'security' on Manus Island. G4S' huge global profits are made through their worldwide work in security, prisons, surveillance and 'logistics'.
This morning, a group of vocal protesters from the Beyond Borders Collective attended the Melbourne office of logistics firm, Toll, to protest the company’s commercial involvement in the offshore processing of refugees and asylum seekers. Toll is Australia’s largest transport and logistics company. They rake in big money – previous managing director Paul Little made his $880 million fortune through his time at Toll. They have extensive business in the Asia-Pacific in shipping, transport, mining, and military contracting.
INDONESIA has warned a group of Australians planning to sail to the disputed territory of West Papua that their venture will be dangerous for them and met with force by the "strong" Indonesian navy, the activists have revealed. Maritime law and security experts have added to safety concerns about the "freedom flotilla", warning the Aboriginal, Papuan and other activists involved could end up serving time in Indonesian jails.
The Anarchist Melbourne Bookfair will be a free event held at Abbotsford Convent (St Heliers Street, Abbotsford) from 10am-6pm on Saturday 10th of August in 2013. The bookfair consists of up to 40 stalls of independent book-sellers and activist groups. Alongside the stalls there will be about 21 one-hour workshops running all day on all kinds of anarchist and direct action topics.
An international protest planned for later this month against biotechnology company Monsanto is slated to span six continents and include demonstrations in dozens of countries around the globe. Amid growing concerns over St. Louis, Missouri-based Monsanto and the impact the company is having on agriculture, activists have planned rallies for later this month in 36 countries.
The policy of Income Management and its BasicsCard, a particularly dreaded piece of the NT Intervention that restricts where and how people can spend welfare payments (such as around alcohol and tobacco), has now come into force in Sydney’s Bankstown and four other areas across the country. An active, broad coalition has been organising against the policy in Bankstown. But what’s behind this aggressive policy push? What’s been happening locally, and what are some perspectives for action?
Is Qld $100 billion in debt? No. That is the projected borrowing figure for 2018-19 that the Queensland Commission of Audit (QCA) came up with, based on their views of the last 10 years of spending by the Labor Government (Initial Report, p3). It neglects to say that for most of this period, the government was in surplus and experienced a revenue and population surge that both required, and allowed for, funding for capital works.
Anti-nuclear protesters camping at what they describe as “the gates of hell” — that is, on the edge of BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam uranium mine in the desert of South Australia — decided to play a game of cricket on Tuesday, July 17, in order to publicize their message: Uranium isn’t Australian.
“It’s just not cricket,” they chanted, “and that’s why we picket.”
Just before dawn on April 1st a group of anarchists dropped a banner reading “COPS OUT OF REDFERN, OUT OF OUR LIVES” from a construction site at 90 Regent St Redfern. The building now being renovated had been a squatted social centre and a home for more than 10 people throughout November and December of 2010. Within the large city owned building, dubbed ‘The People’s Castle’, solar power, a free shop and free café were established and opened to the public.
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