Radio In Colour: 1971 & the day a future author saved a future QLD premier’s life

springboks springboks2Jackie French is Australian Children’s Laureate 2014-2015 and Senior Australian of the Year 2015 along with many other awards. She has written hundreds of books on topics ranging from organic gardening, to wombats, children’s and illustrated books, fantasy and history fiction.

Jackie grew up in Brisbane, where she became part of history herself as a university student caught up in the 1971 anti-apartheid protests that swept Australia in response to the tour of South African football team, the Springboks.

In this interview she tells us about the day she saved future Premier Peter Beattie from police violence.

Jackie talks to 4ZZZ’s Kim Stewart for the Radio In Colour series.

**NB This story contains descriptions of police violence and sexual assault that may upset some listeners** Continue reading


Radio In Colour: Brisbane vs The G20

g20-3In November 2014 Brisbane hosted one of the world’s biggest meetings of world leaders – the G20.

The then LNP governments led by Campbell Newman in Queensland and Tony Abbott at a federal level, resulted in predictable overkill of security measures, crackdown on dissent, and surprisingly, neglect of one of the most important global issues – Climate change. Continue reading

Radio In Colour: How the world saw September 11, 2001

911On September 11, 2001 two planes flew into the World Trade Centre buildings in New York and one into the Pentagon in Washington in the USA, killing almost 3,000 people and injuring 6,000 others.  The Western world was transfixed with the repetitive news coverage of the event, who portrayed the event as an act of war against America.  Today we look at how the events of that day were received in cultures other than our own, and how the world has changed since that day. Continue reading

#qldvotes The Earth asks: what has the LNP done for me?


 If the Earth got to vote, it wouldn’t vote LNP.

If you can’t decide who to vote for in the Queensland state election, lend me your ear.  Today I’m wearing my Friends of the Earth hat and this week, the week of the hastily cobbled together Queensland election, the Earth needs you more than ever.

You can’t talk about the environmental issues in Queensland without talking about corruption, which the LNP has in spades: Continue reading

New radio series tackles peace and conflict at many levels

We spoke to psychologists and peace activists from around Australia about why we fight and how peace is possible

We spoke to psychologists and peace activists from around Australia about why we fight and how peace is possible


Have you ever wondered how to avoid getting into an argument?

Have you ever faced a bully? Or experienced racism? Or war?

This new series from the studios of 4EBfm in Brisbane, with funding from the Community Broadcasting Foundation, tackles the issues of conflict and peace through the research of peace psychologists.
We talk to counsellors, researchers, peace advocates and citizens about their experiences in this ten-part radio series that covers the breadth of the field from couples conflict, through group conflicts including racism, to national and global conflicts like war. We conclude the series with a vision of a peaceful world through the eyes of psychologists and peace advocates.
The soundtrack of this entertaining and informative series includes a selection of alternative Australian and overseas music.  The series is supported by a facebook page where listeners can find more information on the topics we cover and hear complete interviews.
The series is sponsored by Psychologists for Peace, an interest group of the Australian Psychological Society, 4EBfm, 4ZZZfm and the Community Radio Network.
10 episodes, 27:50 mins each.   Series Producers: Kim Stewart, Linda Rose and Nathan Renault.

Broadcast on the Community Radio Network in August 2013.  Available for free download to any and all community radio stations.

The series will be available to online listeners via the CBAA podcast site in August.

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