Morans strike. Again.

Update (March 27): James Hutchings is one of our guests on ‘The SUWA Show’, 5.30pm Friday, March 28 on 3CR (855AM).

The morans belonging to the Australia First Party (AF) have done it. Again. (See : Antifa ‘Slackbastard’ Outed And Named. By Morons., October 11, 2010.)

On the AF blog —– and Stormfront website — — AF have misidentified me as James Hutchings. The party has made no attempt to justify their reasoning on this occasion, but would appear to be lashing out following the redecoration of their party headquarters in Tempe in February.

The most comprehensive profile of party leader Dr Jim Saleam to have appeared in print thus far is probably Greg Bearup’s piece ‘The Audacity of Hate’ (Good Weekend, September 26/27, 2009), while David Greason‘s 1994 book I was a teenage fascist (McPhee Gribble) provides a highly readable account of the early evolution of National Action (NA), Saleam’s previous party vehicle.

Seemingly unhappy with his privileged lot, Saleam has a long criminal history, ranging from the petty to the more serious. In 1984 he was convicted of stealing. In 1985 he was convicted of defacing walls. In 1986 he was convicted of possession of a prohibited article and, on appeal, sentence was deferred upon him entering into a recognisance to be of good behaviour for three years. In 1987 he was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment with a non-parole period of twelve months on charges of receiving and obtaining money by a false statement. Most notably, however, in 1991 Saleam junked NA when he was sent to jail for organising a shotgun assault on the Sydney home of African National Congress representative Eddie Funde. He resumed his involvement in fascist politics upon his release by assuming leadership of AF. (On NA, see : Troy Whitford, ‘A political history of National Action: Its fears, ideas, tactics and conflicts’, Rural Society, Vol.20, No.2, April 2011.)

In October 2013, Saleam was barred from entering New Zealand in order to attend a function organised by the neo-Nazi group ‘Right Wing Resistance’.


In his 10th straight year at university but flush with his dead father’s cash, Jim Saleam bought a house at 725 Princes Highway, Tempe, for $90,000. It was 1983 and this grim little terrace, along the main trucking route to Port Botany and just beyond Sydney airport’s runways, has been the Australian headquarters for hate politics ever since.”

And then there was the incident in 1991, when a small group gathered for a little celebration on Hitler’s birthday. Saleam was not at home, but two skinheads, Wayne “Bovver” Smith and Perry Whitehouse, mates of Saleam and members of National Action, were residing at 725 Princes Highway. Smith was a fearsome thug who used to terrify students, pastors and gays and was, says a former National Action member, “one of those kids at school who’d thump you in the face and steal your sandwiches”. He also bulled the smaller Whitehouse relentlessly. One day Whitehouse snapped. He raced upstairs and grabbed a .22 rifle. ASIO was bugging the house at the time and recorded the entire incident.

“I’ll show ya what I got to say,” Whitehouse yelled as he came downstairs.

Bang. Bang. Bang. Bang. Bang. Bang. Bang. Bang. “That’s what I’ve got to f…’in say.”

Smith’s last gasps could be heard on the bug as Whitehouse danced around, mocking him. Smith was wearing a T-shirt that stated, “Say no to the new gun control laws.”

There are a lot of skeletons in Jim Saleam’s Tempe closet.

A lot of skeletons, yes, but not a lot of bRanes …

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The Platform : A new anarchist zine by Anarchist Affinity

The Platform is the title of a new anarchist zine by the Melbourne-based anarchist-communist group Anarchist Affinity. The first A5, B&W printed issue contains: articles on attacks on Medicare and health inequality, the boycott campaign of the Biennale of Sydney, confronting sexual violence in the left, and the impact of repressive new laws in Victoria; interviews with a Tamil refugee about the Tamil refugee experience and with Michael Schmidt (co-author, Global Fire) on the global impact of revolutionary anarchism and finally; a statement of the group’s principles. The zine will be available at the upcoming Sydney Anarchist Bookfair (March 22). So too will be the second issue of Sedition, a joint publication of Jura Books and the Melbourne Anarchist Club.

Note : Michael Schmidt will be speaking at Trades Hall this Wednesday in Meeting Room 1 from 6.30.

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The Q Society & The First International Symposium on Liberty and Islam in Australia [overland]

I wrote an article for overland on The Q Society, a fan club dedicated to celebrating the fictional character Q who appears in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager the Australian organisation of semi-pro Islamophobes and their conference — ‘The First International Symposium on Liberty and Islam in Australia’ — which took place on the weekend. You can read it here.

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antifa notes (march 5, 2014)


Australian Defence League

The ADL in Bendigo, Victoria — to be precise, a young neo-Nazi named Aaron Robertson — is upset that local Muslims are planning to build a mosque in town, so they’ve organised a rally to stop it. The rally is scheduled to take place midday on Saturday March 22 at Queen Elizabeth Oval … though I doubt the oval will be overflowing with protestors.

Australia First Party

Several weeks ago in Sydney, some anarchists redecorated the headquarters of the Australia First Party in Tempe, the site of numerous meetings of fascists and White supremacists: read more on indymedia. Nicknamed ‘The Bunker’, the party headquarters also hosted a notorious murder in 1991, in which one bonehead, Perry Whitehouse, shot to death another, Wayne “Bovver” Smith, after a drunken argument. The horrific incident, which took place on Uncle Adolf’s birthday, was recorded by ASIO. Otherwise, the address has served as one of the main centres for far right activity in Sydney for over three decades. As Greg Bearup writes, “In his 10th straight year at university but flush with his dead father’s cash, Jim Saleam bought a house at 725 Princes Highway, Tempe, for $90,000. It was 1983 and this grim little terrace, along the main trucking route to Port Botany and just beyond Sydney airport’s runways, has been the Australian headquarters for hate politics ever since.”

Last Friday, February 28, AF held a small demo outside the Greek consulate in Sydney in support of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn. Word on the street is that the party is also organising a rally in Melbourne soon.

Australian Liberty Alliance // Party of Freedom

With the announcement that the Dutchman is going to launch another right-wing micro-party next year in Perth, the fledgling Party of Freedom — itself a splinter of the Australian Protectionist Party (the APP, in turn, being a splinter of the Australia First Party) — looks set to lose its mantle as the embodiment of Geert Wilders-style politicking Down Under. That, or dissolve itself into the Alliance, who knows? Certainly, the party has struggled to achieve much. Last month its freedom-loving members tried to organise a forum to denounce Africans (genetically-inferior criminals deserving sterilisation according to party leader Nick Folkes) but after being booted from one venue to the next ended up meeting at Serio Redegalli’s lounge room in Newtown instead. This weekend, anti-Muslim activists including Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer and Bill Muehlenberg will be meeting in Melbourne to discuss the deadly trade in Muslamic Rayguns a/k/a ‘The International Symposium on Islam and Liberty in Australia’.

Fun for the whole Judeo-Christian family.

Finally, in a piece of good news, Vietnamese student Ming Duong has been allowed to reenter Australia. In 2012, Minh was assaulted by a small group of boneheads, and earlier this year was forcibly deported as a result of a supposed visa violation. A petition calling on immigration authorities to allow him to return to the country in order to complete his studies attracted over 89,000 signatures.

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Internationalists issue declaration against war in Ukraine [libcom/aitrus]

… via libcom and ait, a statement on the situ in Ukraine … note that workers world published Statement of communist, left and anarchist forces of Russia on events in Ukraine on february 27 but i haven’t been able to work out which of the 22 groups listed is anarchist …

Internationalists and anarchists from Russia and elsewhere have issued a declaration condemning both the Russian and Ukrainian governments, arguing that the working class in both countries should reject nationalism and fight for their own interests.

Here is the declaration in its entirety:

Declaration of Internationalists against the war in Ukraine

War on war! Not a single drop a blood for the “nation”!

The power struggle between oligarchic clans in Ukraine threatens to escalate into an international armed conflict. Russian capitalism intends to use redistribution of Ukrainian state power in order to implement their long-standing imperial and expansionist aspirations in the Crimea and eastern Ukraine where it has strong economic, financial and political interests.

On the background of the next round of the impending economic crisis in Russia, the regime is trying to stoking Russian nationalism to divert attention from the growing workers’ socio-economic problems: poverty wages and pensions, dismantling of available health care, education and other social services. In the thunder of the nationalist and militant rhetoric it is easier to complete the formation of a corporate, authoritarian state based on reactionary conservative values and repressive policies.

In Ukraine, the acute economic and political crisis has led to increased confrontation between “old” and “new” oligarchic clans, and the first used including ultra-rightist and ultra-nationalist formations for making a state coup in Kiev. The political elite of Crimea and eastern Ukraine does not intend to share their power and property with the next in turn Kiev rulers and trying to rely on help from the Russian government. Both sides resorted to rampant nationalist hysteria: respectively, Ukrainian and Russian. There are armed clashes, bloodshed. The Western powers have their own interests and aspirations, and their intervention in the conflict could lead to World War III.

Warring cliques of bosses force, as usual, force to fight for their interests us, ordinary people: wage workers, unemployed, students, pensioners… Making us drunkards of nationalist drug, they set us against each other, causing us forget about our real needs and interests: we don`t and can`t care about their “nations” where we are now concerned more vital and pressing problems – how to make ends meet in the system which they found to enslave and oppress us.

We will not succumb to nationalist intoxication. To hell with their state and “nations”, their flags and offices! This is not our war, and we should not go on it, paying with our blood their palaces, bank accounts and the pleasure to sit in soft chairs of authorities. And if the bosses in Moscow, Kiev, Lviv, Kharkiv, Donetsk and Simferopol start this war, our duty is to resist it by all available means!

No war between “nations”-no peace between classes!

KRAS, Russian section of the International Workers Association
Internationalists of Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Israel, Lithuania
Anarchist Federation of Moldova
Fraction of the Revolutionary Socialists (Ukraine)

The statement is open for signature

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[#19BOS] List of Biennale of Sydney artistes w contact deets

Update (March 7) : Late this afternoon the Biennale Board announced the resignation of its chair, Luca Belgiorno-Nettis, and the immediate suspension of its contract with its major sponsor, Transfield.

Briefly: this is a potentially significant step forward in the campaign to close the offshore prison camps, the murderous hellholes to which the Australian state confines thousands of asylum seekers. The camps generate both enormous harm for their inmates and very large incomes for the companies which run them, including Transfield. They operate in violation of both international law and basic human decency. Given the massively profitable nature of the industry, bi-partisan political, elite and strong popular support for the policy of mandatory detention, however, their closure remains a distant prospect at this stage …

Update (March 5) : Today four more artists — Nathan Gray, Agnieszka Polska, Sara van der Heide and Nicoline van Harskamp — have decided to boycott Transfield’s Biennale (read their statement here). Otherwise: ABC’s Radio National has been brought on board by the corporation, while several workers employed by the Biennale have also chosen to withdraw their labour.

The Transfield Biennale of Sydney begins March 21, one day before the Sydney Anarchist Bookfair.


The following is an A-Z list of the roughly 100 artistes scheduled to exhibit on behalf of Transfield and, where possible, contact details.

As of this date [February 28: see Update] 5 artistes — Libia Castro, Ólafur Ólafsson, Gabrielle de Vietri, Ahmet Öğüt and Charlie Sofo — have withdrawn from the Biennale, while 47 [*] have signed an open letter of complaint to the Board re Transfield’s owner/sponsorship of the event. The 5 will presumably be joined by a number of other artistes in the intervening period, though how many is an open question. In any case, given that the Biennale runs over several months, there’ll be multiple opportunities to take action against it and to draw further attention to Transfield’s billion-dollar exploitation of refugees, as well as to promote a campaign of boycott, divestment and disruption of the state-corporate machinery directly perpetuating human rights abuses.

Or not …


Sauce : #19BOS | See : Boycott Sydney Biennale | xb Ops


*Meriç Algün Ringborg []
*James Angus [rep by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery:]
*Sol Archer [facebook //]
*Benjamin Armstrong [rep by Tolarno Galleries (facebook):]


*Rosa Barba
*Yael Bartana [rep by Petzel Gallery: (press liaison)]
*Martin Boyce [rep by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery:]
Broersen & Lukács
*Eglė Budvytytė [?]


Mircea Cantor []
Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller []
*Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson
David Claerbout [rep by Galerie Micheline Szwajcer:]
Bindi Cole [twitter]
*Nathan Coley
Joost Conijn
Michael Cook
Henry Coombes
Hubert Czerepok [rep by Zak Gallery:]


Kate Daw [rep by Sarah Scout Presents:]
*Gabrielle de Vietri
Tacita Dean [rep by Marian Goodman Gallery: twitter | facebook // rep by Frith Street Gallery:]
Yingmei Duan []
*Mikala Dwyer [rep by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery: // Anna Schwartz Gallery:]


*Krisztina Erdei []


*Fine Art Union [facebook // //]
Aurélien Froment [rep by Marcelle Alix:]
*Søren Thilo Funder []
*Bodil Furu []


Douglas Gordon [rep by Gagosian Gallery:]
*Nathan Gray [twitter //]
*Joseph Griffiths []
*Ane Hjort Guttu []


*Hadley+Maxwell []
Henrik Håkansson
*Henna-Riikka Halonen [ //]
*Siri Hermansen []
*Bianca Hester [facebook]
*Matt Hinkley []
Roni Horn [?]
*Sasha Huber []


Agnieszka Kalinowska [rep by BWA Warszawa:]
*Mikhail Karikis []
*Tamás Kaszás
*Deborah Kelly
Eva Koch []
Ignas Krunglevicius [twitter]


Jim Lambie
*Sonia Leber and David Chesworth []
Gabriel Lester [twitter //]
Norman Leto [facebook]
Zilla Leutenegger
Victoria Pihl Lind [?]
Ann Lislegaard []
Liu Bingye and Zhang Wenhua [?]
Marko Lulić []


*Ross Manning []
Renzo Martens
*Daniel McKewen [twitter //]
*Angelica Mesiti []
Laurent Montaron [rep by Schleicher Lange:]
TV Moore []
*Callum Morton [rep by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery:]


Susan Norrie [Norrie sits on the Board of MCA: (media & public relations)]


*Ahmet Öğüt
Mel O’Callaghan []


Tinka Pittoors []
Mathias Poledna [rep by Galerie Meyer Kainer:]
*Agnieszka Polska


Randi & Katrine
Augustin Rebetez and Noé Cauderay
Pipilotti Rist
Ugo Rondinone [rep by Sadie Coles:]
Maxime Rossi []
*Eva Rothschild [rep by 303 Gallery:]
*Emily Roysdon [twitter //]


Yhonnie Scarce [twitter]
Wael Shawky [rep by Sfeir-Semler Gallery:]
Ann-Sofi Sidén and Jonathan Bepler [facebook]
*Charlie Sofo [twitter]
Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger []
John Stezaker [rep by Richard Gray Gallery:]
Christine Streuli [rep by Galerie Rupert Pfab:]
Taca Sui
*Corin Sworn [rep by Zeiher]


*Shannon Te Ao [twitter]
Anna Tuori []


*Sara van der Heide []
Nicoline van Harskamp []
Ulla Von Brandenburg [rep by Pilar Corrias // facebook]


*Emily Wardill [rep by Jonathan Viner:]
*Tori Wrånes


Zhao Zhao [rep by Alexander Ochs Galleries:]

[NB. The following artistse signed the Open Letter to the Board of the Sydney Biennale From Participating Artists: Meriç Algün Ringborg, James Angus, Sol Archer, Benjamin Armstrong, Rosa Barba, Yael Bartana, Martin Boyce, Eglė Budvytytė, Libia Castro, David Chesworth, Nathan Coley, Gabrielle de Vietri, Mikala Dwyer, Krisztina Erdei, Søren Thilo Funder, Bodil Furu, Nathan Gray, Joseph Griffiths, Ane Hjort Guttu, Hadley+Maxwell, Henna-Riikka Halonen, Siri Hermansen, Bianca Hester, Matt Hinkley, Sasha Huber, Annette Stav Johanssen (Fine Art Union), Mikhail Karikis, Tamas Kaszas, Deborah Kelly, Sonia Leber, Ross Manning, Daniel McKewen, Angelica Mesiti, Callum Morton, Ahmet Öğüt, Ólafur Ólafsson, Agnieszka Polska, Eva Rothschild, Emily Roysdon, Charlie Sofo, Corin Sworn, Shannon Te Ao, Sara van der Heide, Emily Wardill, Synnøve G. Wetten (Fine Art Union), Tori Wrånes.]

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The SUWA Show, Friday, February 28 : Interviews w Liz Thompson [#ManusIsland] & Alana Lentin [#19BOS]

Tomorrow on the ‘Floating Anarchy’ edition of The SUWA Show (5.30pm Friday, February 28 on 855AM, streaming live on 3CR) Dr Cam & I have a yarn with Liz Thompson about Manus Island and Alana Lentin on the Biennale of Sydney. You may remember Liz from such shows as I Was Told To Lie (Dateline) and Alana from The Case for Open Borders (overland).

Otherwise, see : Cross Border Operational Matters blog & Boycott Sydney Biennale website.

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[#19BOS] Transfield Money Talks, Biennale Walks …

“The Biennale of Sydney has taken the correct and only viable course of maintaining its partnership with Transfield.”
~ Matthew Westwood, The Australian, February 25, 2014

“Well I just think that there’s a lot of black noise here where the public discourse has been taken over by these people concerned about the refugee situation — and that’s fair enough that people are concerned about [the] refugee situation — but to target the Biennale as they have targetted [it] with this perceived sponsorship of Transfield Services is I find it offensive to start with and I find it misleading at best … What I object to is people that are trying to exploit, if you like, this public event for their political agenda as important as that political agenda might be. It’s not for them to take a position within the event when they actually have no particular role within the event … What I object to, strongly, is that people outside of the Biennale are now critical of the Biennale for not somehow addressing the issue of refugee rights when in fact there is such tenuous connection or indeed, not only just tenuous, but there’s an argument that nothing that the Biennale or its supporters is doing is wrogn.”
~ Luca Belgiorno-Nettis, PM, February 24, 2014

“The boycott, like the social-media protest, will work short-term just, as Milliss has it “to assuage art world feelings of powerlessness or horror”.”
~ Helen Razer, Daily Review, February 20, 2014

Blah blah blah.

‘Transfield Services shares soar after it wins offshore detention centre contract’, Ben Butler, The Sydney Morning Herald, February 25, 2014:

Investors in Transfield Services have turned a blind eye to political risk attached to a $1.22 billion immigration detention centre contract, sending shares in the facilities management group soaring.

Transfield shares climbed 24.5 per cent to 99¢ in heavy trade on Monday after the company said the Abbott government had granted it a 20-month contract to operate a centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea that has been beset by deadly violence.

The new deal expands on Transfield’s existing contract to run the government’s other offshore detention centre, on Nauru, and increases the amount the government will pay to run the two centres from about $39 million a month to about $61 million a month.

Transfield, which was until October chaired by Tony Shepherd, who is heading the government’s Commission of Audit, replaces UK-listed G4S. Violence at the centre last week claimed the life of one detainee and forced the Minister for Immigration, Scott Morrison, to admit he had initially provided incorrect information about the fracas…

• There have been several sources of ‘correct information’ regarding events and processes at Manus Island in the past few days. Former administration worker and interpreter Azita Bokan was interviewed by Richard Glover on ABC Sydney last Friday (February 21, 2014) while migration agent Liz Thompson has been interviewed by Marni Cordell for New Matilda and by Mark Davis on Dateline (February 25, 2014). Both were compelled to blow the whistle on conditions at Manus and should be congratulated for their courage in doing so.

• Immigration lawyer Wenny Theresia has penned a response to the letter by the Board of the Biennale of Sydney — the one in which it pledged undying loyalty to the Belgiorno-Nettis family, declared that the Biennale is synonymous with the Transfield brand, and which was in turn a response to the ‘Open Letter to the Board of the Sydney Biennale From Participating Artists’ (February 19, 2014) — which you can read on the xclnt xBorderOperationalMatters blog here. Tomorrow it will be the artists turn to respond.

• Finally, this Saturday in Melbourne there will be a rally at the State Library at 1pm to demand the closure of the prison camps on Manus and Nauru.

Bonus Chomsky on Democracy!

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Sydney Anarchist Bookfair : Saturday, March 22, 2014

[press release]

Hundreds expected to attend first Sydney Anarchist Bookfair

For the first-time ever in Sydney, dozens of anarchist groups from across Australasia will be converging on Sydney for an ‘Anarchist Bookfair.’

The State and Capital are sure to shake in their boots at the sight of so many punks, trade unionists, feminists, queers, rabble-rousers and general ratbags all browsing books and discussing ideas.

Anarchist bookfairs started thirty years ago in the UK, and have since spread to cities all over the world. The original London Anarchist Bookfair now sees over 5,000 visitors attending and engaging with the radical ideas and texts. The bookfair was infamously described by prominent UK anarchist Ian Bone as ‘the anarchist Christmas’ – where anarchists come together, meet up with old friends – and enemies – and buy presents for themselves and others.

Bookfair spokesperson Nic Neven expects attendance at this year’s Bookfair to “reflect the fact that more and more people are beginning to search for an alternative to the chaotic political system that is capitalism.”

“There’s something for everyone at the Anarchist Bookfair,” Nic Neven concluded. “You don’t have to be an anarchist or even to know anything about anarchism to come along. All you need is a willingness to explore and share new ideas. A few hours spent at the Anarchist Bookfair will indeed be a well spent few hours of your life.”

Highlights on the meeting schedule include:

Organising against the G20 summit taking place in November in Brisbane: Let’s send these state representatives packing- Direct action workshop.

Michael Schmidt, co-author of Black Flame- Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism:

Revolutionary anarchism gained a foothold in the daily lives of the popular classes 15 decades ago in the heart of the industrialised world – but also, crucially, in the colonial and post-colonial worlds where it offered the oppressed a practical set of tools with which they could challenge the tiny, heavily armed, parasitic elites. Anarchism provided the most devastating and comprehensive critique of capitalism, landlordism, the state, and power relations in general, whether based on gender, race, or other forms of oppression and exploitation. But it went far beyond that: African historian Michael Schmidt examines the anarchist practice of running cities in Spain during the Cantonalist Revolt of 1873-1874, their control of the city of Guangzhou in China over 1921-1923, of the two-million-strong Shinmin free zone in Manchuria of 1929-1931, the anarchist-influenced free zone in Nicaragua in 1927-1933, the better-known territorial control exercised in parts of Mexico, Ukraine, and Spain, and their involvement in the Iranian Revolution of 1978. These and other examples show that far from eschewing the exercise of power, anarchists actively decentralised power into the hands of the popular classes, a “counter-power” enlivened by working class counter-culture.

* Michael is an investigative journalist from South Africa and will be representing the Instituto do Teore e Historico Anarquismo (ITHA) of Brazil.

Bookstalls carrying an array of radical literature and books, and information stalls from a huge number of campaign groups will be set up for the day. Among the organisations hosting Bookstalls and information stalls will be AK Press, Pluto Press, Jura Books, Black Rose, environmental and workplace campaigning groups and many more

Full details of the meetings, bookstalls and information stands can be found at or on Facebook at

22 March – Addison Rd Community Centre, Marrickville

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#19BOS Action: Biennale of Sydney and Transfield [5.30pm, Monday, February 24, Melbourne]

[Update (February 24) : ACCA cancelled the address by the Biennale director promoting the event citing security concerns (Melbourne arts event halted over fears of mass protest over involvement of Transfield Services, ABC). About 50 or so people rocked up anyways and had a yarn about the Biennale. My prediction? Things are gonna get worse ...]

Monday in Melbourne:

Stage a creative protest outside ACCA during their talk promoting the 19th Biennale of Sydney, in order to draw attention to Transfield’s sponsorship of the event. Please share ideas regarding peaceful, creative actions that can be undertaken outside the venue.

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art is located at 11 Sturt Street, Southbank, Melbourne.

See also : Open letter from artists to the Board of Directors of the Biennale of Sydney [#19BOS] (February 19, 2014) | Boycott the 19th Biennale of Sydney [#19bos] (February 14, 2014) | The Biennale boycott and diversity of tactics, Matt, xborderoperationalmatters, February 19, 2014.

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