Sunday, September 26, 2004


I hope fully that some of you can make it to the Sydney premiere of TIME TO GO JOHN, 15 X 5min films by filmmakers from around the country Fabio & I produced A MOMENT OF SHAME, one of the segments. Hope to see you Wed night Sept 29th at 7.30pm

The film will screen at capital city cinemas including the Chauvel (Sydney), or you can access copies via the web address: Time To Go John Aussie filmmakers create their version of Michael Moore's polemic film on American right wing politics, Fahrenheit 9/11. Titled TIME TO GO JOHN, the film will premiere nationally on September 29 in venues ranging from art house cinemas to pubs, clubs and libraries.

With absolutely no budget and in less than seven weeks a group of experienced and award-winning Australian filmmakers have pooled together to create a feature length film about the effect of, [the war criminal], Howard's government on Australia.

Faced with the dilemma of how to get the film seen by as many people as possible the filmmakers undertook to self-distribute the film and were overwhelmed by the positive response received nationwide. Cinemas in each capital city agreed to screen the film and many community groups and individuals pledged to run a "house party" in order to show the film in their area prior to the election.

According to the TIME TO GO JOHN national screening coordinator, Carmela Baranowska, the concept of house parties as a screening outlet is a relatively new one and the success of the technique demonstrates it is a legitimate way to get films out to a wide audience. House parties for the film have already been booked from Townsville in Queensland to St. Helens in Tasmania, from Corangamite in Victoria to Guildford in Western Australia, as well as internationally in Baghdad and Dili.

TIME TO GO JOHN is a compilation of fifteen short films documenting pivotal moments throughout Australia's recent local and international history, from the Iraq war to detention centres, the GST, anti-terrorism laws, [draconian laws for the Coalition of the Killing's resource war's in the Middle East], and reconciliation.

Made by some of Australia's best filmmakers and presented by comedian Rod Quantock, the film promises to pack all the punches and encourage voters to think carefully about their choice at polling time.

Melbourne filmmaker John Hughes (director of AFTER MABO, RIVER OF DREAMS and WHAT I HAVE WRITTEN), contributed a film about the time when John Howard famously 'lost it' during his speech formally opening the Reconciliation Conference in Melbourne in May 1997, and audiences turned their backs as he spoke.

Mixed in with the more serious documentary analysis of issues are some hilarious short clips such as a music video from 27-year-old Darwin rap artist Kris Keogh who wrote a song to express his dislike of Howard's pro-Bush agenda.

The film will screen at capital city cinemas including the Lumiere (Melbourne), Chauvel (Sydney), Schonnel (Brisbane), Mercury (Adelaide), Deckckair (Darwin), FTI (Perth), State Cinema (Hobart). Full screening list available at Time To Go John.

NATIONAL PREMIERE - September 29 All media inquiries please contact Keren Flavell or phone 0402 831 228 MORE INFORMATION Time To Go John. FULL DETAILS AND CLIPS AVAILABLE ONLINE.

A MOMENT OF SHAME | Fabio Cavadini &; Amanda King: The huge anti-war demonstrations around Australia did not move John Howard's resolve to send Australia to war. Participants express their feelings about his decision including cartoonist, Bill Leak, and Dave Burgess, of the No War on the Opera House fame.

BURQA I Anna Broinowski: On the eve of the bombing of Iraq a woman in a burqa travels to the Sydney Opera House with a mysterious package...

MEMO: I Catherine Gough-Brady: John Howard signed a memo asking for the 'interventionist strategy' to be implemented. This strategy included manufacturing an economically costly dispute and the removal of the Maritime Union from the waterfront. It backfired badly, the documents leaked out.

BLACK BULLION I Jen Hughes: The Howard Government's withdrawal from the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea has forced East Timor to back down on their right to negotiate their Maritime Boundaries on an equal footing and access their resources for survival beyond the paternalism of Australia and other colonial powers. A film about the tension between personal friendship and the betrayal of trust for black bullion.

HOWARD'S HISTORY I John Hughes: "Questions here at stake are bigger than the small hearts that have concocted the ten point scam" Noel Pearson, Reconciliation Convention, May 2004. Noel Pearson's compelling deconstruction of John Howard's narrow view of Australian history is startlingly clear in speeches during the Reconciliation Convention in Melbourne in 1997.

WHAT JOHN HOWARD KNEW - EAST TIMOR 1999 I Carmela Baranowska: "What John Howard knew-East Timor 1999" Examines the Howard government's knowledge of what was happening on the ground in East Timor and...what was actually happening on the ground in East Timor.

TRUST HOWARD? I HT Lee: John Howard wants voters to trust him. But many conservative voters, including Julian Burnside QC, currently don't feel comfortable with him.

EYE SAW I Nicholas Hansen: Eye Saw tells the story of two urban pranksters and the ways they challenge the community by stencilling political messages on advertising billboards and the streets.

THE WRITINGS ON THE WALL I Kelly Chapman: John Howard's policies have fuelled a textual protest in inner city Brisbane.

BOMBER I Haavard Berstad: From Gatas Parliament, Norway's pioneers of rap, comes Bomberfly - Bomber in English - a scathing, irreverent, anarchic and incredibly catchy animated burst of outrage condemning the "coalition of the willing" for invading and occupying Iraq. In Norwegian with English karaoke subtitles.

By Mandy King posted 26 September 04


The Hill-Songs Church are alive with the sound of neo-liberalism. With songs they have sung for for the Federal Election....

Community demands Ruddock voted out!
Caretaker Attorney General, war criminal, Phillip Ruddock should have his portfolio seized by the community who have declared he has links to terror group the Neo-Liberal Coalition.

Hill primed for war!
Australian Caretaker Defence Minister Robert Hill has announced a multi-million dollar upgrade of the Pearce Air Force base in Western Australia. Hill says $87 million would be spent on a major upgrade of the base, which is Australia's main flying training facility.

Annan tells world leaders to respect law
United Nations (UN) secretary-general Kofi Annan has made an impassioned plea to bring about the rule of law across the globe today. Mr Annan told world leaders to respect international law at home and abroad.

The 'coalition of the killing's' complicities - the US, Britain and Australia - have insisted that their countries' military action in Iraq was legal after they have committed war crimes against humanity.

Iraq war illegal, says Annan
United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan says the United States decision to invade Iraq in March 2003 was "illegal". Australia was a key supporter of the war on Iraq and sent troops to join the United States-led invasion last year.

Opp calls for Cooperation: Rudd
Imron Cotan says 10 ambassadors and High Commissioners from South East Asian nations were told comments by Prime Minister John Howard about pre-emptive strikes were part of an internal debate and the idea was still being developed?

Defence people need to vote for the Greens
Caretaker Prime Minister John Howard will today unveil a plan to step up the fight against terrorism in the region, using specialist teams of Australian Federal Police (AFP) that could be sent to work in neighbouring countries.

Australia will not Save Your Soul
The Federal Government will not Save Australian Soul's? Even if you're an innocent bystander caught up in it. Despite a group claiming to have kidnapped two Australian security guards? The alleged group, which allegedly calls itself the Horror Brigades of the Islamic Secret Army, allegedly has given the Prime Minister John Howard 24 hours to end Australia's involvement in Iraq.

Trust John Howard like you can trust George Bush...
Once again Prime Minister John Howard unleashed his "politics of fear" to win his election campaign trying to scare ratepayers.

Apologise to children abused in care: report
A Senate report on children placed in institutional care has called for the Federal Government to apologise to those who were harmed by their experience.

Costello, Howard's Disciple
JOHN HOWARD AND PETER Costello lost their vision for Australia from the time they were elected and embarked on a vision for the neo-Liberals.

Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel?
Well praise the Lord the light is Hell bent here on Peter Costello, treasurer of the Howard Government who now has his own "flock" of onward Christian Soldiers.

Gillard stirs Liberal leadership pot
The federal Labor Party claims Peter Costello has relaunched his leadership bid, after the Treasurer gave a wide-ranging interview outlining his support for an Australian republic.

Australian Govt human rights record 'worsening'
Community groups have given the Federal Government five out of ten for its record on human rights this year. Mr Purcell said the Government was also marked down because of the policy of holding children in immigration detention centres.

Australian Federal Government complicity in war crimes
Complaint to Australian law officers about Australian Federal Government complicity in war crimes.

Don't rock the Boat Howard!
PRIME Minister John Howard today denied the children overboard affair had swayed the 2001 election? Mr Howard has spent the week defending himself against claims he had been informed that nobody in Defence believed children had been thrown overboard by asylum seekers.

Australia an unfair nation, say young and all!
Young people and older people think Australia is undemocratic and unfair. Young people cite their teachers as having the greatest influence on their political thinking, according to a provocative new national survey funded by the Government. Older people cite "injustice" amongst other things as a "bent legal system" favouring hi profiled superstars, corporations and politicians.

But most voters have already decided that former ministerial adviser Mike Scrafton has contradicted Mr Howard's recollection of conversations just days before the 2001 election and says he has been vindicated by a lie detector test.

Not happy, John
Valder's alarm whistle effort 'let love be thy weapon' indeed Prime Minister John Howard is also the subject of a stinging attack in a Sunday feature this week, from the man who first engineered his ascent to the Liberal leadership in the mid-1980s former party president John Valder.

Howard 'unfit to lead'
The Federal Opposition says John Howard is not fit to be Prime Minister after new revelations about the children overboard affair.

Howard's war crimes, Turnbull, at least he's honest
HIGH-profile Liberal candidate Malcolm Turnbull has told voters the Iraq invasion was "an unadulterated error".

Alexanda Downer guilty of war crimes!
The agreement for going to war on Iraq carried with it and incentive and that was free trade with the US. The Howard Government knew about it and went along with it with the US under the guise of Iraq's WMDs. In criminal law this is commonly know as collusion to commit a crime.

John Howard's war crimes blameworthy
General Peter Gration is the spokesman for a group of 43 ex-military leaders, diplomats and departmental heads who have criticised the Government, saying involvement in Iraq has put Australia at greater risk of a terrorist attack.

Auditor Generals damning defence report
The Defence Department computer system upgrade has cost Australia tens of millions of dollars in a gigantic bungle, according to the Federal Opposition. The Commonwealth auditor-general has issued a damning report into the project.

Court reserves decision on 'no war' protest appeal
Two men have asked the Court of Criminal Appeal to accept that they painted "NO WAR" on the Sydney Opera House, to defend people in Iraq and Australia from war.

PM's Fox Defence? Less the evidence?
The Fox went out on a chilly night. He prayed for the moon to give him light. For he had many a mile to go that night....

Australians to be sacrificed: Howard
Howard vowed hostages wouldn't sway policy? The Federal Government say they would not negotiate with terrorists if an Australian were taken hostage in Iraq.

PM Howard Morally Bankrupt
Prime Minister John Howard insists the war in Iraq was justified despite his British counterpart Tony Blair's concession that weapons of mass destruction might never be found.

Howard 'should be tried for war crimes'
Former Liberal Party federal president John Valder says Prime Minister John Howard should be tried and punished for war crimes over Australia's involvement in the Iraq conflict.

Troop deployment not a deepening of effort: Hill
Deploying an extra 30 troops to Iraq was not a deepening of Australia's involvement because they were being sent to protect those already there, Defence Minister Robert Hill said yesterday.

War on terrorism' could take a generation: Downer?
Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer has launched the Government's terrorism white paper, saying the "war" could take a generation.

Howard Vs Regina in Canberra the Capital Territory of Australia- Friday January 30 2004.


Well think about this! Australia's intelligence agencies look set to receive a substantial funding boost in this year's Federal Budget, with the Prime Minister saying it is an obvious step to take.

Howard, where's your head at?
Australians living on the edge! Seems each time the bombs go off overseas Australians are living on the edge.

Should John Howard be locked up indefinitely?
Australian convicted mock terrorist John Howard is seriously considering appealing the precise time limit on detaining terrorist suspects.

Daily Terror rolled-over for Howard's war games
The DAILY TERROR is suspected of being the source of the news this morning that Willie Brigitte is a terrorist and that Sydney faces a bomb attack.