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Paying Tribute: Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the US

by Dr. Binoy Kampmark

Trump TurnballVassals rarely question. If they do, criticism is limited and usually restrained behind closed doors.  The Australian Prime Minister’s visit to Washington during February was marked by the usual and expected kowtows, blessings and awkward acceptances.

The visit was also marked by what an Australian media outlet claimed was “Australia’s most significant delegation ever to visit the United States to build trade connections with US governors.”  Keeping Malcolm Turnbull company were four state premiers wishing to wade into the spectacle.

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Eureka is the peoples’ flag

This article was produced by Spirit of Eureka (Sydney) and handed out as a leaflet at a rally of  CFMEU & other workers outside the Fair Work Commission Sydney headquarters in support of the locked out Port Kembla Coal loaders.

Photo by CFMEU

Illegal to fly the Eureka flag? There’s a political party headed by a former Nazi, gaoled for conspiracy to murder. Last year the Australian Electoral Commission said it could use the Eureka flag as its symbol in elections. Our beautiful flag that represented 21 nationalities at Eureka, handed to violent divide and conquer racists!

Yet the ABCC says it’s illegal for construction workers to fly the Eureka flag on their multicultural work sites because it’s the symbol of the Builders Labourer’s Federation. Remember when the BLF marched on insurance corporations who wouldn’t pay injured workers? The Eureka flag flew front and centre. Shock! Horror!

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Keeping an Eye on Australia: Admiral Harry Harris Goes to Canberra

by Dr. Binoy Kampmark

Adm Harry HarrisImperial arrangements require decent overseer of subjects.  In the Pax Americana, which is, in fact, rather violent, Australia is indispensable in the Pacific theatre.  It offers land, facilities, and the means to eye future enemies and keep allies in check.  Wedged between China and the United States, Australia could focus on smoothing rocky roads and building bridges.  But this is something Washington is very keen on preventing.  Those in the business of empire want to monitor the level of satrap loyalty.

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ABCC and High Court criminalise unionists

Mid-February saw the Federal and High Courts, at the behest of the Australian Building Construction Commission (ABCC) and the Turnball government, hand down two damaging decisions against the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union (CFMEU).  For carrying out industrial activity, such as union officers going onto building sites and organising strike action, which is normal union work the CFMEU has been hit with a $1 million penalty.

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Turnball Government's ABCC again bans the Eureka Flag

Euireka Flag BannedThe Eureka flag is a powerful symbol of the ordinary Australian working people’s struggle for justice, real democracy and national independence.

The recent directive by the Turnbull government’s ABCC to ban the Eureka flag from construction sites is an attack on the democratic rights, freedom of expression and association of all Australian workers.

Consequently there is a huge outrage against the banning of Eureka flag and other union signage on worksites.

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