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Workers BushTelegraph discusses current and past events, books and film with the aim of sharing worker political education and consciousness. WBT poses 3 questions: who owns the land, workers control of production and democratic rights.

Peace & Refugees

This podcast is about the peace and and refugee rally that was held in Brisbane King George Square on the 2nd of April 2023. It featured a rally of about 200 people followed by a march that was enthusiastically led by Tamils from Sri Lanka.

4PR – Voice of the People · Peace & Refugees – it could have been m

Introduction to Palm Sunday Peace Rally.
Iraq War -the march of 100,000 people to the river stage in 2003.
Refugees and Asylum Seekers voices.
Nuclear threat to Brisbane.
We have the right and the responsibility to change the world.
Ending offshore processing of refugees.

Peter Catt (Dean of Brisbane), Andrew Bartlett (former Senator), Tamil refugee, Peter Ong, (ETU), Claire Moore (local UN Association rep), Mark Gillespie (Refugee Action Collective).

Combined Unions Choir.

Holly Near – it could have been me

Both Palestine 🇵🇸  and Cuba 🇨🇺 represented at the Tour de Brisbane 2023

Both From Australia to Cuba 🇨🇺 with Love and the Big Ride for Palestine 🇵🇸 will take part in the Tour de Brisbane today 2 April 2023.

A->Cuba with Love & TBR for Palestine riders Lach and Ian training under the gateway bridge in Brisbane

Register now for the Big Ride for Palestine 2023

Grab your running shoes and put on your helmet, the Big Ride for Palestine is back for another year. This popular event raises awareness about the situation in Palestine and funds for Palestinians. Now in its seventh year, it has raised more than $200,000 for Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA’s Palestinian projects.

Photo by Lachlan Hurse

Starting in the UK in 2015, the Australian Big Ride for Palestine first took place in 2017, and since then, it has grown in popularity. Last year, 82 people in 11 teams across Australia took part, travelling over 8,200kms, and raising over $22,000 from over 390 donors.

The money raised was used to provide much-needed help to the Palestinian Women’s Humanitarian Organisation (PWHO), which works in refugee camps in Lebanon. PWHO director, Dr Olfat Mahmoud, expressed her appreciation for the support. She told organisers, “The funds will be used to continue the sport and psycho-social project in Beirut refugee camps (Shatila and Burj el Barajneh) which last year’s Big Ride helped fund. There are 100 children participating, providing sporting opportunities to redress issues they are facing. Already the results are showing. The participating children have become more sociable, with increasing confidence, their school achievement is better, and they are less irritable and anxious.”

The Big Ride for Palestine is more than just a cycling event; it is an opportunity to show solidarity with the Palestinian people and raise awareness of the injustices they are facing.

It is open to anyone who supports Palestinian human rights and enjoys cycling, running or walking.

Over two weeks, from September 2 – 17, 2023, you’ll be challenged to walk, run or ride your chosen distance while raising money.

Anyone can participate no matter where you are in Australia. You can take part as an individual, or with a team of friends and workmates. Registrations are open now. It’s easy to set up your profile and start fundraising.

The Big Ride for Palestine is a powerful expression of solidarity and a reminder that the struggle for justice in Palestine is ongoing. By spreading the message of Palestinian rights, participants are making a meaningful contribution to the movement for peace and justice.

Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA is fully accredited with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and is a Registered Charity with the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission. Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA is also a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct. As a signatory, we are committed and fully adhere to the Code, conducting our work with transparency, accountability and integrity. Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA fully complies with the ACFID fundraising charter.

Brisbane Contact: Ian 0407 687 016 for TBR23. We have riding jerseys and T-shirts for sale at the Palestine Fair Trade stall at the West End markets on the last Saturday of every month. Come and have a chat.

Solidarity with socialist Cuba

Building solidarity with socialist Cuba

April 2023
In this edition

Join the Rally for Peace and Refugees

Palm Sunday Rally for Peace and Refugees

1 pm Sunday 2nd April 2023

King George Square

There can be no peace while the US continues its blockade of Cuba!

Join with the ACFS at the annual Palm Sunday Rally for Peace and Refugees, and demand that the US lifts its blockade of Cuba.

We will have our banner. Wear your ‘From Australia to Cuba with Love’ tee-shirts. Stand with us at this important event!

More information about the rally is available at its Facebook site.

From Australia to Cuba With Love

Date Claimer:

From Australia to Cuba with Love

3rd June – 31 July

The dates have been set for the second round of our ‘From Australia to Cuba with Love’ campaign for 2023.

In 2023 members and supporters across Australia will be riding, walking, running, and dancing our way to Cuba, covering 14,886 km the distance between the capital cities of each country; Canberra and Havana. We will have a special launch event on Saturday 3rd June to open, and a grand finale at the National Consultation in Melbourne on the last weekend in July.

In 2022 over 60 participants around the nation joined in this campaign raising awareness about the US blockade of Cuba and raised over $25,000 for vital medical supplies.

Along the way we connected with everyday people in parks gardens, and popular walking tracks. We also had a special delegation to the Parliamentary Friends of Cuba at Federal Parliament.

Can we do it again? Register your interest! Email us HEREYour Photos of Cuba in our 2024 Calendar

Do you have photos that show something special about Cuba?

The ACFS will be producing a calendar for 2024, which will help raise funds for our projects in Cuba, and increase awareness of Cuba and its revolution.

Please submit your photos to Debby Knight by email, along with the details of when and where it was taken, by whom, and a possible caption.We look forward to seeing your contributions!Revolutionary Red

Raise a Glass for Cuba!

Buy your Revolutionary Red now!

The perfect gift for your socialist friends! 
A great match for your Easter eggs!
Satisfy your inner revolutionary self!
A real conversation starter!

$20 / Bottle

Our next batch of Revolutionary Red has arrived. A quality 2020 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon from one of the premier Cab Sav regions of Australia. 

To purchase or more information contact by Lachlan Hurse, President, Australia-Cuba Friendship Society (Brisbane)

Our mailing address is:

Australia-Cuba Friendship Society (Brisbane)

28 Woodend Road

Sadliers Crossing, Qld 4305


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‘She walks in beauty’ – a review

Marianne faithful with Warren Ellis, ‘ She walks in beauty’.

For some reason. I was educated by the Christian brothers in the school of 18th and 19th century Romantic poets like Coleridge, Wordsworth, Keats, and Shelley. The hapless medical student, John Keats, became a poet went to Italy and contracted tuberculosis and died at the age of 25.

Marianne Faithful with Warren Ellis have made a wonderful CD, which is illustrated and has all the words of the poems.

I have to included Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats; and, of course, Ozymandias is another brilliant poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Marianne Faithful with Warren Ellis
Review of ‘She walks in beauty’

This was a wonderful present from Allegra and Serge and Nicky.

Oh, I forgot the card that came with the present to me from Allegra.

In the card Allegra says she is not sure what to make of the card, which is from The New Yorker and it depicts three generations of men looking out to sea in their shorts which they wear at various heights.

The old man is wearing his shorts up around his chest. The middle aged man is wearing his shorts at the waistline, and the young man is wearing his shorts below the waistline with evidence of a crack on his rear.

Now to explain the card is very simple.

The wearing of pants depicts the intelligence or IQ of the individual. Because the older man is wearing his shorts so high, he is the most intelligent. And then the next man, the father of the younger one is wearing his pants at his waist, so he has the next level of IQ. And the young man, unfortunately, has very little IQ at all.

I read Oxymandias and then play Marianne Faithful’s version of Ode to a Nightingale.

Hope you enjoy the excerpts of She walks in Beauty.

Ian Curr
8 Feb 2023