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More Than Luck: Ideas Australia Needs Now is an anthology of ideas for citizens who want real change and a to-do list for politicians looking to base public policies on the kind of future Australia needs. Produced by the clever progressive crew at  The Centre for Policy Development this book shows the practical steps we can take to share this country’s good luck amongst all Australians – now and in the future.

It is available online and in PDF format here.

 

Yellowcake Country?

Australia’s uranium industry.

As Australia increases it's commitment to uranium mining Yellowcake Country is an important fact sheet about the current state of Uranium mining in Australia. Produced the Beyond Nuclear Initiative, it seeks to explain the issues concerning uranium mining in Australia and clear outline of the perspectives of those opposing it.

Edited by Eve Vincent and designed by Lachlan Conn

The Beyond Nuclear Initiative is a collaboration between the Poola Foundation (Tom Kantor Fund), Friends of the Earth, and the Australian Conservation Foundation.

 

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The Man Who Never Sleeps is Levin A. Diatschenko's first novel, a blend of metaphysics, mystery and science fiction. It is the result of years of study into occultism. Since its launch in the Darwin Fringe Festival, followed with its nation-wide distribution, it has attracted an underground following of readers as diverse and individual as the characters in the book.
During the months of August and September, The Man Who Never Sleeps will be released in a serialised form on undergrowth.org, featuring new illustrations by the author throughout. Readers will be able to subscribe to a special email list to receive updates when new chapters are uploaded weekly at .

Terror-Razing Banner "Terror-Razing the Forest" is an investigation by independent journalist and human rights activist Nick Chesterfield into cross-border issues in West Papua/Papua New Guinea involving corruption, clear felling, gun smuggling and much more. "This preliminary investigation is based on field interviews conducted in Papua New Guinea throughout November 2005. Information was gathered through interviews and conversations that were conducted with West Papuan refugees, guerrillas, priests, bishops, grassroots activists, aid workers, ex-premiers, members of Parliament, NIO agents, PNGDF personnel, ADF personnel, ex-police, pilots, fishermen, villagers, journalists, bookmakers, vanilla growers, marijuana growers, gun smugglers and even a pimp."

rebirth banner In 1943, Dr. Albert Hoffmann, a chemist based in Switzerland accidentally discovered LSD-25, the most powerful synthesised hallucinogenic known to man at the time. This little molecule went on to become famous and then infamous as it swept through the intelligentsia, artists, writers and cultural elite across the world and was seen as an essential 'ingredient' in the consciousness uprisings of the 1960's and 70's. Over 60 years later Albert Hoffmann celebrated his 100th birthday in Basel, Switzerland by holding a symposium titled 'LSD: Problem Child or Wonder Drug' to discuss the effects and possible future of his discovery. "REBIRTH: The Psychedelic Movement Comes of Age" is a fully illustrated, downloadable PDF booklet reprinting the gonzo journal of Dr. Rak Razam co-editor of Undergrowth as he explores the explosive history and contemporary state of psychedelic culture.

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'30 years of Creative Resistance' is a compilation of writing and art celebrating the work of Friends of the Earth Australia over the last thirty years. With contributions from leading activists in the organisation over that time, it chronicles the contribution which this incredible grasroots organisation has made to the political landscape of Australia, through campaigns against deforestation, climate change, uranium mining, whilst promoting alternative energy, indigenous rights and trade justice.
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This e-book is an edited transcript of the virtual think tank held in conjunction with the Straight Out Of Brisbane Festival Ideas Program in November, 2004. Bringing together media activists, artists and academics, the think tank explored themes such: You Can't Govern a Nation by Google: The Future of Ideas Online; Copyright - Copywrong; What's On the Cards and Long Term agendas for Change.
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FreeNRG is a collection of frontline communiques on technotribes, contemporary musical practices and events transpiring on the fringes of Australian dance culture throughout the nineties. The anthology's 13 essays are written by specialists and affiliates of a spectrum of youth phenomena found at the edge of the dance floor.

Edited by the radical anthropologist Graham St John, FreeNRG describes a series of Australian subcultures who subscribe to an economy of mutual-aid and co-operation, are committed to the non-commodification of art and embrace freedoms of experience and expression. Artists and activists, their cultural output is a product of novel mixtures of pleasure and politics. technicians and esotericists, they pirate technologies in the pursuit of re-enchantment and liberated space.

 

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State of Emergency was a conference/festival/insurrection held in a reclaimed inner-city Melbourne warehouse, squatted and made public for four days over 21 - 24 May, 2004. It was a search for escape routes to galaxies where the word capitalism is untranslatable and to which people only respond with puzzled looks. It was a meeting-place, bar, cafe, cinema, music hall, accommodation and playspace.

 

 

This e-book is a collection of essays and articles relating to issues of globalisation, war on terror and fear politics, civil disobedience, squatting and contemporary organising models amongst disenfrachised communities which was distributed as part of the conference.

 

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From the foreword by Nick Chesterfield, author of 'Secret History of Australia' 'After many years of actively fighting for justice in many struggles, I kept on coming up against the same bunch of very powerful people, time after time. I started to doubt the story of the heroic settlement of our Land, and started to think that maybe the wish to take over went back a long way. To think that the British managed to colonise a country only eighteen years after it's discovery dug at me. I started finding out about the foundations of the particular people in control and started to look into the historical events that I suspected were manipulated by these people.

One day a Sufi man started talking to me about the legend of Ophir, the legendary Islands of King Solomon, the lands full of gold, and something clicked into place.

This then, is the full story of the hidden facts and power brokers, the Secret History of Australia, laid bare for all to see and understand.'

 


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'99 monkeys can share an idea - but when the 100th monkey tunes in a critical consciousness is achieved that tips the scales for all. That critical mass for change depends on YOU! You could be the 100th monkey!'
-Ken Keyes Jnr, the 100th Monkey

The Tribal POW-WOW was an exercise in group-mind and non-hierarchical community discussion. It hoped to raise issues and stimulate ideas and connect people together.
This is the transcript of the first 100th Monkey Pow-Wow held in Jan, 2005 at the Opoeia Arts Community in Victoria.

 

 

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Psyence Fiction is a collection of fourteen short stories by Rak Razam that capture the spirit of the decade and the psychedelic, hi-tech future we live in. Illustrated by some of Australia's best underground artists and photographers, the e-Book is a glimpse at the brave nu world around us and the bold characters that struggle to survive it.

From the introduction by the author:
The future has arrived, but there's something distinctly wrong with it. Robots that were meant to abolish human labour are creating mass unemployment because political systems aren't evolving as fast as our technology. Virtual gaming economies are outstripping the GDP of some small nations, telecommunications breakthroughs have brought us porn on our video phones, and Flash-Mobs roam the urban jungles, manifesting the sublime and shaking consumers from their retail addictions....