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Sunday, November 13, 2005

From little things

Bike lift on Harbour BridgeCritical Mass Sydney. Image courtesy of Moz
From little things
One day in May 1975, 20 cyclists set out from Hyde Park, Sydney bound for Canberra. The cyclists had the appearance of sixties flower children and Vietnam moratorium demonstrators. It was the Friends of the Earth protest against uranium mining. At Yass we were to join a larger group who had set out from Melbourne. After camping outside Australia's nuclear reactor at Lucas Heights, myself and the other cyclists freewheeled down the F6 tollway before it opened to motor traffic - waving at road workers. As we passed Clifton pubs, overlooking the scenic cliff faces near Wollongong, a supportive local offered us a beer. (more in article)
Further background+ pics: Cycling for a Nuclear free future


  • And through Vincent's fingers he poured a handful of sand.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:00 pm, November 14, 2005  

  • That was Gough Whitlam pouring the sand through the fingers of Vincent Lingiari (Gurundji) at Wattie Creek in the Northern Territory, when he gave the Wave Hill Station, previously owned by Lord Vesty, back to the Gurindji people. The strike by the Gurindji stockmen started in 1966 for decent wages and conditions and turned into a demand for Land Rights. Their long patient fight was immortalised in "From Little Things Big Things Grow" by songwriters Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody in the 1980s.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:54 pm, November 24, 2005  

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