Brisbane Floods

It’s hard to think of anything else at the moment other than the floods that have been hitting so many parts of Queensland over recent weeks, especially the literally unbelievable torrent that swept through Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley. The role which social media now plays in helping disseminate information has been very apparent. For…

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This week’s Peter Black chat: NBN, Troops, Marriage, Courts and those utterly disgraceful cricket selectors

You can listen to this week’s edition of my regular Monday morning chat on local radio 4ZzZ with constitutional lawyer, compulsive tweeter and pathological loather of Australian cricket selectors, Peter Black, by clicking on this link. (For anyone interested, the playlist for my shift this week can be viewed at this link. Please like &…

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Latest Brisbane Media Map launched

Tonight I was at Kelvin Grove campus of QUT to speak briefly at the launch of the latest annual update of the Brisbane Media Map, which is put together by final year Media and Communications students from QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty. They describe it as “an online resource that provides a comprehensive guide to the…

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Peter Black on 4ZzZ

Around 8:30 on the Monday morning radio program I do each week on community radio station 4ZzZ-FM, I talk with Peter Black, a law lecturer, political commentator and social media connoisseur, about some issues of the week. He posts a recording of these on his blog, so I thought I would link to them here for…

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Radio chat on the election

Every Monday morning during my radio show on community radio 4ZzZ FM, I chat with Peter Black, a constitutional lawyer, follower of social and political issues and obsessive user of social media. I don’t normally put links to those chats on this blog, but given that our talk this morning was all about the federal…

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Refugee Day Rally & Refugee Week

This Sunday marks the start of Refugee Week, with plenty of events around the country to acknowledge and celebrate the contribution refugees have made and continue to make to our society, culture and economy. I’m speaking at a rally being held in Brisbane Square this Sunday from 1pm to mark World Refugee Day. I have…

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Listen in to Choose Mics

Hip hop fans in Brisbane might be interested in tuning in to my radio show on 4ZZZ FM this Monday morning around 7:30am. I’ll be talking with the Gold Coast based duo Choose Mics, who are launching their debut full length album Beggars Can’t Be Choosers at the Step Inn in the Valley this coming Friday night…

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First candidate forum for Brisbane

The contest for the House of Reps seat of Brisbane at this year’s federal election will almost certainly be the only one which features 3 competing candidates each with over 10 years of experience in the federal Parliament. Those 3 candidates are: – Arch Bevis, who has held the seat on behalf of the Labor…

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Riptides reforming for a one off Brisbane show

Riptides reforming for a one off show. Ground-breaking Brisbane band The Riptides, who played an influential role in the post-punk independent music scene in Brisbane and Australia, are reforming for a one-off show at 4pm on Sunday 18 April at the University of Queensland’s Great Court. It’s happening as part of the University’s centenary celebrations….

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The debate on Bill of Rights continues

Last week I participated in a debate on the Bill of Rights at the University of Queensland.  It was the first in a series of http://www.facebook.com/pages/Politics-in-the-Pub-UQ/333455933896?ref=ts  Politics in the Pub’ style events being held out at the University’s St Lucia campus (although it is really in a club, rather than a pub). I’ve never made…

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Festival of Tibet in Brisbane

The Brisbane Powerhouse is currently hosting the Festival of Tibet through until the end of this weekend.  It is the second such occasion, with the first being organised at the time of the most recent violent crackdown by Chinese government authorities in Tibet. The Festival features a lot of Tibetan music, art and other cultural and…

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Interview with musician Ember Swift: on building bridges with Chinese music, language & ways of acting for change

This week on my regular shift on 4ZZZ FM, (Brisbane’s independent music and news radio station), I interviewed Ember Swift, an interesting Canadian-born musician and advocate for activism.  She recently made her fourth appearance at the Woodford Folk Festival, and is playing her final Australian show this weekend on Saturday night (Jan 23) at The…

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