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(en) Australia, Brisbane, [Anarcon] Minutes from the Final Plenary of the Brisbane Anarchist & Autonomist Conference

From "dr.woooo" <dr.woooo@nomasters.org>
Date Wed, 7 May 2003 11:08:53 +0200 (CEST)


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> BRISBANE ANARCHIST & AUTONOMIST CONFERENCE: 2-4 MAY, 2003
Minutes from the Final Plenary of the Brisbane Anarchist & Autonomist
Conference 4 May, 2002.
AGENDA: 5] Where is the next conference being held?
1] Evaluation of the Conference.
4] Announcements
3] House Keeping
2] Workshop Feedback
No dissent to the public publishing of these minutes.
Minutes taken by Asger.
Plenary attended by approximately 45 people.
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1] ::: EVALUATION :::
{Note: the following is a roughly condensed transcript of comments made by
various individuals discussing the merits of the conference.}

@ The conference went good!!
@ The space was great, it was a good use of public resources by being in
Visible Ink, it's a good venue for the conference. @ The workshops are not
the only thing about going to this kind of conference. It is also really
important as a social occasion, to get together and meet other anarchist
from around the place. This conference provided a very good environment for
networking. @ There was no real difference in the conference just because it
wasn't at a university, like the last two conferences were. (Personal note
not stated during Plenary: someone stated that they felt the venue was much
more cosy and friendly then the universities)

@ It was a bit of a mistake having the big social events on before the
conference, because then everyone is tired or hung over for the actual
conference. Participation in the conference workshops would have been more
energetic otherwise. It is better to have the big social event on the
evening of the final day.

@ Great to see everything happen, despite the mistakes, problems and things
falling through at the last minute. @ Confusion over the venue, because it
was initially advertised as being at The Pink Palace. It was foolish
advertising The Pink Palace, the organisers all knew they were unstable,
unreliable. It would have been better to not advertise any venue, until a
venue was confirmed beyond doubt. @ Could have promoted the conference
better, as there were still some Brisbane activists who hadn't heard it was
on. However the organisers were also afraid that if we promoted it too much,
(i.e. too much 'illegal' postering) we could have lost the venue.

@ The facility for child-minding was good, but there were still not many
kids there to use it.

@ Disappointed from poor turn-out from people in Melbourne. It wasn't a
problem of poor promotion or organisation. Everyone basically knew it was
on, they just didn't get up here. @ One of the problems that meant a low
turn-out from people around the country, was the distance to Brisbane and
the conflict with Baxter. A lot of people spent their last dollars or
holiday time getting to Baxter, and had no time, energy or money to continue
to Brisbane so soon after. @ However if this conference is a national event,
it is unfair to expect people from Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and other
places around the country to consistently travel to only Melbourne or
Sydney. Distance, travel and costs should be shared evenly among the
regions. @ (Personal note that was not stated during the plenary:
approximately 100-120 people attended the conference over the week-end, with
the majority being local people. No real counting was done of who came from
where. Following numbers are unsubstantiated personal estimates- 6>
Melbourne, 15> Sydney, 10> Northern NSW, 1 Perth, 1>Darwin)

@ The Indigenous Relationships forum was really good. Thanks for putting it
on. @ Thanks to Food Not Bombs Brisbane for doing some great lunches @
Thanks to the organisers of the social events.
_______________________________________

2] ::::: WORKSHOP REPORTING BACK ::::

Initially the group began asking specific individuals to provide reports on
each workshop. However it was eventually decided to ask anyone who went to a
workshop, to make their reports to the newswire of Brisbane Indymedia, or
anarcon e-mailing list. They can then be grouped together as a feature on
Brisbane Indymedia. _______________________________________

3] ::: Announcements :::

# KimK, Linda & Asger are making an audio documentary about this conference.
It will be played on 4ZzZfm and posted to Radio Indymedia when it gets done.

# The 'No Borders, No Nation' workshop created interest in forming a
Brisbane 'No one is Illegal' group. Look out for it.

# There will be a forum hosted by the Turrbal people on the 28 May. Possibly
at Queensland College of Arts. Contact Justine, TimA or Belle for details.
http://www.dakibudtcha.com.au/turrbal.htm

# There will be a party at the Indymedia house after the conference closes.
All welcome.

# TimA wants to start a national contact e-list called "Australiasian
Autonomous Rat Bags" to keep in touch with people round the country.
Specifically so that when anarchist rat bags are travelling around the
country, they can find friends, accommodation, etc in different places. A
piece of paper was handed around asking people to put their email address on
it for this list.

# Ruth Rosenhek is putting on a 'Compassionate Action' workshop in Bardon
Community Hall on 7-8 June. Based on Deep Ecology
http://www.rainforestinfo.org.au/deep-eco/schedule.htm

# A letter of support for the Tent Embassy in Canberra,was handed around and
people were asked to send it to:-
Aboriginal Tent Embassy
Parks, ACT, 2600
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4] ::: HOUSE KEEPING :::

No one has done accurate book keeping at this stage. However the approximate
costs stated were $100. None of the fundraising gigs actually made any
money. The Anarchist Ball raised $4, while Twisted Crystal didn't cover
costs. They were lots of fun though. TimA's hat was passed around the room,
but not counted.

Please help clean-up Visible Ink after the plenary.
________________________________________

5] ::: WHERE WILL THE NEXT CONFERENCE BE?! :::

Only proposal was Perth. No dissent, so the next National Anarchist
Conference will be in Perth.

# Proposed Date is To Be Announced, after discussion with other anarchists
back in Perth.
-> Suggestions made for the date include Summer (Jan.), Winter and Spring
(Oct.) university holidays. Best to avoid Easter as it will clash with
Easter protests at the refugee detention centres. It maybe hard having a
conference on during winter holidays as this is when most large student
conferences are on. Need to consider people who work, because if the
conference is organised on the back of another action (i.e. Easter
protests), the length of time away from work will be too long and people
face the sack.

# Travel Issues:
-> Each city should take on the responsibilities of organising their
own cheap travel. So it was suggested that each city forms an organising
collective to arrange their own travel.
-> Everyone should consider organising an 'Anarchy Train' over to
Perth.
-> Barry want his own 'Anarchist Bus Company', selling shares now to
raise the capital. (note: shouldn't that be an Anarchist Bus Co-operative
Barry?)

# Suggestion that this conference was too short and the next one should go
for 3-4 days.

# Suggestion that the Perth crew could imitate the fundraisers and ideas for
organising the Perth 'Students and Sustainability' Conference.

# Proposal that techie kids look into webcasting the Perth conference to
allow greater accessibility.

# Also suggested that the single national conference be replaced with a
computer networked conference, so that people didn't have to travel to any
particular city. However this kind of technology can alienate people who do
not have access or skills to use it. Also people like the direct physical
social interaction of the conference.

# Perth crew will investigate setting up thier own discussion list and other
techie related issues. Otherwise they were invited to continue using the
current anarcon list which can be updated to suit Perth. It is found at
http://lists.cat.org.au/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/anarcon

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