Struggle and Resistance in the Far North
- Chapter 1: Far North Queensland
- Chapter 2: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fight
- Chapter 3: Queensland Politics
- Chapter 4: Princess Alexandra Hospital
- Chapter 5: People with Disabilities
- Chapter 6: Cairns Regional Council
- Chapter 7: Queensland Labor (ALP)
- Chapter 8: Abortion
- Chapter 9: Coal Mine and Climate Change
- Chapter 12: Champion of the Underdog
- Chapter 11: Child Abuse, Lies and Vindication
- Chapter 10: Local Government Corruption
Struggle and Resistance in the Far North is a glimpse into Far North Queensland’s politics, history and culture. Rob Pyne gives an account of the region’s hidden stories and prominent identities. He links the personal with the political in a way few can.
This story of oppression and fightback takes the side of the underdog in the fight against authority. Through struggle and resistance the wrongs of history are addressed.
This account begins with early European arrivals and their struggle surviving in a strange and alien land. However, as new arrivals began to prosper, life became increasingly oppressive for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They were attacked, disenfranchised and denied full citizenship. As a result, Australia’s first people determined to resist authority and fight for change, as would future oppressed minorities.
The battle against violence and discrimination would be encountered by Pacific Islanders taken from their homes and used as slave-labour by the sugar industry.
Italian cane cutters, the unemployed and poor people formed unions and association top combat injustice. As a result of this struggle socialist heroes emerged to champion the fight for rights and a better life.
The Ongoing Struggle and Resistance
More recently environmentalists and the LGBTIQ community have come forward in the battle for the natural world and the human rights of same sex and gender diverse communities.
The struggle for respect, equality and human dignity may never be completely won. As a result, the fights with Conservatives for the soul of humanity will continue. So it has become clear what shapes our contribution to the fight for a better world, ‘Struggle and Resistance’.
Struggle and Resistance in the Far North: About the Author
A democratic socialist politician and activist, Rob Pyne was born in Gordonvale and raised in Edmonton in Cairns.
Rob Pyne was born in 1967. He worked in various jobs, until breaking his neck in 1991, becoming a quadriplegic. As a result he received lengthy care in Princess Alexander Hospital.
Rob married his fiancé Jenny while still in hospital. Subsequently, the pair returned to Cairns where they have lived in the suburbs of Bentley Park and Mount Sheridan.
After returning home, Rob completed a BA in History and Politics and a Law Degree. After that he worked at JCU from 2000 to 2007.
Rob campaigned successfully for election to Cairns Regional Council in 2008. Consequently he completed two terms and then won election to the Queensland Parliament in 2015. As a result of his subsequent electoral defeat, Rob returned to Council, winning Division 2 in March 2020. Rob remains happily married to Jenny and they have one child, Kate.