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Unity growing in Black Lives’ struggles across continent


Taressa MongtaIt was sunny and hot in Alice Springs and three hours down the Tanami Road in Yuendumu, on Monday, 26th October. In Sydney and Canberra nearly 3000 kilometres away, cold rain pelted down.

Four places, all marked like the rest of Australia by a system of ongoing genocide.

In Alice, hundreds of Warlpiri and their supporters waited to hear what charges a police officer, on bail in Canberra, would face after the shooting of a young Warlpiri man in Yuendumu last year.

In Sydney, the day after tens of thousands were allowed to attend the Rugby League Grand Final, police used Covid restrictions and decreed only 45 people could attend a protest highlighting a parliamentary inquiry into First Peoples’ deaths in custody. Hundreds arrived, despite police rules and the rain.

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Dropped Prosecutions: The Afghan Files, Public Interest Journalism

Australian Journalists, Dan Oakes and Sam Clark

by Binoy Kampmark

In July 2017, two journalists working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Dan Oakes and Sam Clark, wrote of a stash of incriminating documents, running into hundreds of pages.  They were “secret defence force documents leaked to the ABC”.  These documents gave “an unprecedented insight into the clandestine operations in Australia’s elite special forces in Afghanistan, including incidents of troops killing unarmed men and children.”  

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Vietnam Moratorium 50th Anniversary Commemoration in Adelaide

50th anniversary of the Vietnam Moratorium Campaign in Adelaide. A commemorative meeting was held at the Box Factory on the 20th September 2020 to acknowledge the 1970s protests against Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War.

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The new Defence Bill is a step to Fascism: Fight for working people’s rights

Spirit of Eureka Statement, October 15th, 2020

Defence emergenciesThe Morrison government has introduced a dangerous new Bill to Parliament called Defence Legislation Amendment (Enhancement of Defence Force Response to Emergencies) Bill 2020.  If passed, the Legislation will give authority to the Defence Minister to declare an “emergency” and call out Australian Defence Forces and police, including foreign troops and police, to deal with the undefined “emergency”.  The Bill does not include any definition of what is an “emergency” or “other emergencies” and could be used to suppress people’s protests against economic austerity, unemployment, the climate crisis, and against imperialist wars. It could be used in industrial disputes against unions and workers taking industrial action for wages and conditions, for job security, economic livelihoods, for social justice and solidarity.   The Bill allows the army and police, including foreign troops and police, to be exempt from civil and criminal liability.  The parliamentary Labor Opposition is conspicuously silent.

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A Bill to enable use of foreign troops or foreign police in Australian "emergencies'

by Bevan Ramsden

US MilitaryA bill is before federal parliament to enable the ADF, Reserves and foreign military forces and police to be used in Australian emergencies. It gives them immunity from civil or criminal prosecution for actions arising from these emergency duties.

“Emergencies” are undefined. Could they include industrial actions or large scale climate change protest actions?

There are very worrying implications in a Bill being considered in Federal Parliament.

It is called the “Defence Legislation Amendment (Enhancement of Defence Force response to Emergencies) Bill, 2020”.

Clause 123AA:

(4) The Chief of the Defence Force, or the Secretary, may, in writing, authorise a person, or each person in a class of persons, to perform duties in respect of the provision of assistance mentioned in subsection (1), if the person, or each person in the class of persons, is any of the following:

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