In Melbourne This Week (June 14–18)

Ark Tribe

Ark Tribe is a construction worker from South Australia. On Tuesday, June 15, he goes to court in Adelaide. Ark is charged with not attending a secret interrogation session conducted by the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) about a workplace safety dispute @ Flinders University. Ark has displayed courage–we need to display solidarity. Word on the street is that a tent embassy will be established outside of the ABCC HQ (533 St Kilda Road, Melbourne) from Tuesday.

For moar infos, see ARK’s TRIBE & RIGHTS ON SITE.


Date: Thursday, June 17, 2010
Time: 7–11pm
Location: Irene Warehouse
Street: 5 Pitt St, Brunswick

The Squatters and Unwaged Workers Airwaves (SUWA) invite you to an evening of trouble-making short films.

Come and see inspiring short films from all around the world with lush food, drinks and popcorn for sale. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be strangely aroused and even moar ready to abolish capitalist, white-supremacist patriarchy!

The SUWA show is on every Friday, 5.30–6.30pm on 3CR 855AM and covers a range of topics, from anarchist-feminist perspectives on the world / progress / pirates; why the state and capitalism are bad; activist rights and resisting the loss of civil liberties; the far right; state repression; squatting — and of course: love song dedications.

Love your local community radio, come kick back, and enjoy the show.

Stop the Racist Intervention! Picket FaHCSIA

Date: Friday, June 18, 2010
Time: Noon–2pm
Location: Casselden Plane, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)
Street: Cnr Lonsdale & Spring Streets, Melbourne

June 21 marks the third anniversary of the ‘Northern Territory National Emergency Response’. On Friday, June 18, a rally has been organised to call upon the Federal Government to ‘Stop the Racist Intervention!’.

Introduced under HoWARd, and based upon the suspension of the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA), the Northern Territory ‘Intervention’ into Aboriginal communities has undergone some reform under KRudd. Critics argue that, under the new laws, all of the racist policies introduced by Howard in 2007 will remain in place, and affected individuals will not have access to the RDA to challenge these measures. The quarantining of welfare payments, for example, will remain compulsory. A recent detailed research report by the Menzies School of Health Research “found that income management was not associated with a sustained change in the sales of healthy food, soft drink or tobacco”.

See also : Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective | Aboriginal workers demand jobs with justice, Peter Robson, Green Left Weekly, June 6, 2010 | notes on “the intervention” (June 14, 2009) | more notes on “the intervention” (one) (June 23, 2009) | more notes on “the intervention” (two) (June 24, 2009) | Uppity blacks find support in traitorous United Nations (August 28, 2009).

About @ndy

I live in Melbourne, Australia. I like anarchy. I don't like nazis. I enjoy eating pizza and drinking beer. I barrack for the greatest football team on Earth: Collingwood Magpies. The 2024 premiership's a cakewalk for the good old Collingwood.
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