Alex Bainbridge

Hundreds of people marched through Brisbane on August 28 in opposition to the Queensland Labor government’s proposed anti-protest laws.

Young people around the world are taking seriously the warning from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that genuine action is urgently needed if we are to prevent catastrophic climate change.

That is why they have initiated a global Climate Strike on September 20, just days out from an emergency United Nations climate summit, to pressure governments into action.

Speakers at a 100-strong solidarity rally in Brisbane on August 17 opposed the Indian government’s crackdown on Kashmir which began on August 5, including sending in the military and blocking all communications.

A rally was held outside the United States Consulate in Martin Place on July 27 to condemn the US government's campaign to overthrow the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro through illegal sanctions and threats of military intervention.

Around 180 people rallied in Brisbane on July 20 to end the abusive regime of mandatory detention and offshore processing. The action was part of a national mobilisation on the sixth anniversary of the reopening of Manus and Nauru detention centres.

More photos on the Green Left Facebook Page.

500 people gathered in King George Square to reaffirm opposition to the Adani mine in the wake of the federal election. The Queensland government is rushing headlong into fast tracking the mine which would be a climate pollution disaster.

The march proceeded into the Queen St Mall - where protest is basically prohibited - in a sign of preparedness to take whatever steps are necessary to end this mine and to avert a climate catastrophe.

Refugee rights activists rallied outside home affairs minister Peter Dutton’s electorate office in Queensland on May 11. They are hoping Dutton will lose his seat at the federal election on May 18.

The Refugee Action Collective (RAC) got a good response from passers-by outside Peter Dutton's office at what they hoped would be the last rally for refugee rights on May 11.

Prominent Aboriginal elder Wayne Wharton is making a tilt for the senate in Queensland this election, campaigning on issues such as justice for Aboriginal people, justice reinvestment and an improved aged care system.

Wharton told Green Left Weekly: “The systems that we’ve had for the last 230 years is broken, they’re useless.”

These include the legal system which, he says, is based on a “feudal system of punishment” instead of rehabilitation, and the two-party system, in which the big parties have become dominated by “top-end-of-town corruption”.

This federal election is taking place at a time when the need for radical social and economic change is palpable: the escalating climate crisis and rampant and growing inequality are two major symptoms of the bankruptcy of capitalism.

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