No Australian Involvement in US wars of Aggression! Time for Independence! 2019 IPAN National Conference in Darwin 2-4 August

The following is Spirit of Eureka's report back from the recently held 2019 Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) National Conference in Darwin 2-4 August. Spirit of Eureka is a founding member and active part of IPAN.

A broad and united movement against war and for independence continues to grow in Australia as US imperialism increasingly tightens its grip over the two subservient major parliamentary parties, to enmesh Australia more deeply with US wars of aggression.

The 2019 IPAN Conference in Darwin 2-4 August, re-asserted calls for a peaceful and independent Australian foreign policy, the removal US military bases and troops and building peace and friendship with people and countries in our region.

The Conference was attended by 90 -100 representatives and individuals from 50 different affiliated organisations across Australia including peace and anti-war groups, the local Larrakia First People, community, faith and social justice organisations, representatives from unions (MUA, Australian Education Union, Retail and Fast Food Workers Union of Australia; CEPU; NTEU, CFMEU) and local migrant communities. Local Darwin anti-war activists and environmentalists were involved in organising and promoting the Conference.

The IPAN conference in Darwin helped to build support and solidarity amongst local people in an environment generally supportive of US troop placement there, and recognised by those locals attending.

Several international guest speakers from Asia-Pacific and Oceania participated, sharing experiences of their countries hosting US bases and struggles for independence from US and other big powers.

The Conference called for the removal of US bases and marines from Australia, an end to the US-Australia Alliance and an independent and peaceful foreign policy.

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Yolngu Elder, Senior Law Man, songman, bi-lingual educator, pilot and parliamentarian says his voice is deliberately ignored

Yingiya Guyula began with the Djambarrpuyngu dialect of Yolgnu Matha, the language spoken across north-east Arnhem Land to introduce his speech at Garma Festival on August 3. Spirit of Eureka transcribed the rest of the speech he delivered in English. We present it below.

Welcome to Yolngu Country. My name is Yingiya Guyula. I am a Liya-dhälinymirr man of the Djambarrpuyŋu Clan of the Yolngu Nation.

My message today is clear. Our progress must come faster. And when I say progress, I mean a Yolngu vision of our communities and our way of life, and this will only happen when we have control of our future, and our Law and culture and are recognised.

We are a sovereign people. We never ceded our land. We are not conquered and here we stand.

Our Yolngu governance system remains. We have clan elders, clan leaders and ceremonies that allow clans to educate, reach agreement, create change, settle disputes and govern our communities.

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Time to End the U.S.-Australia Alliance

Talk to the Melbourne Unitarian Peace Memorial - 30 June 2019

Shirley Winton – IPAN-Victoria

Long March to NW Cape 1974Why do successive Australian governments dance to the dangerous beat of U.S. war drums?   How do we build a people’s movement to end the Australian governments’ servile support for U.S. wars of aggression?

We pay our respects to traditional owners of the Kulin Nation, past, present and future elders and warriors.  We acknowledge their country was never ceded and support their struggles for sovereignty and self-determination.

Why are Australian governments dancing to the dangerous beat of the U.S. war drums?  How has the U.S.-Australia military alliance deeply enmeshed Australia into U.S. wars of aggression, its military-industrial complex and its global imperialist agendas that threaten Australia’s peace, security and independence?

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The Spirit of Eureka Committee was established in the lead up to the 150th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade in 2004, to give a strong and united voice to the current struggles of Australia’s working people.

The Spirit of Eureka draws on the continuity and relevance of this important event in the history of Australia to present day endeavours and struggles for justice, democracy and sovereignty.

The Eureka rebellion laid the foundations for Australia’s continuing social, industrial and political struggles. It was advanced for its time and represents an important fighting tradition that continues to inspire our fight today.


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