Talk at 50th Anniversary of Clarrie O’Shea Penal Powers Victory

Melbourne 15 May 2019.

50th Anniversary jointly hosted by Spirit of Eureka and Rail Tram and Bus Union (Victorian Branch)

by Shirley Winton

Shirley Winton speaqking at the O'Shea 50 AnniversaryShirley Winton is a founding member of Spirit of Eureka Committee, established in 2004.

Shirley has been involved in workers’ and community struggles for many years.  She was an organiser with the Communication Workers’ Union – Postal and Telecommunication Division and National Tertiary Education Union. 

In 2005 Shirley and other unionists living in the western suburbs of Melbourne initiated the Western Suburbs Unions and Community Coalition, a grass roots network campaigning against WorkChoices and the ABCC.  Shirley also worked in the Western Suburbs Community Legal Centre.

In 1969 as a young worker and student Shirley participated in the 6 day strikes and protests against the Penal Powers and for the release of Clarrie O’Shea from gaol.  She met Clarrie O’Shea on several occasions.

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A Matter of Independence: Equinor and Drilling the Great Australian Bight

by Dr. Binoy Kampmark, May 8 2019

Such companies advertise themselves as slick and professional, the best in the business, all things to men, women and everyone in between. They insist that we can all have that vast cake of wealth and eat it too.  Equinor, a Norwegian multinational beast of an energy company with its headquarters in Stavanger, has been doing much in the way of making cakes and eating them. It seeks“to be the world’s most carbon-efficient oil and gas producer” but at the same a sound investor in renewables. The earth may well be heating up, but there is no point in not having a bet each way as the frog boils.  Whatever its formula, the company is boastful. “We energize the lives of 170 million people.  Every day.”

Interest has now shifted to the Great Australian Bight, an area deemed by the Great Australian Bight Alliance “one of the most pristine ocean environments left on Earth, supporting vibrant coastal communities, jobs and recreational activities.”  The Norwegian company is determined to drill for oil at a location some 476km west of Port Lincoln, a site which is intended to become the Stromlo-1 well with an intended depth of 2,240m.  A period of 60 days is anticipated, with commencement taking place for late 2020.  A submitted proposal to do so is currently being assessed by the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA).

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Assange Extradition Will Have Chilling Effect on Investigative Journalism, Free Speech

This video came from The Real News Network
Published on May 3, 2019

The Real News Network speak to Julian Assange's lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, about the first extradition hearing Assange had in London, where he refused to voluntarily turn himself over to US authorities

 

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