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.
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 https://youtu.be/tt6rBYcVOKI
Stop the Land Forces exhibition in June at the Brisbane Convention Centre in June 2021!