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‘When is Our Day?’

by Humphrey McQueen

Posted with permission of the author

(First published in Arena Magazine, no. 161, September 2019, pp. 17-18.)

Anzac TaserTo headline Barry Morris’s comments (Arena, May 2019) on the Frontier-Wars contingent at the Canberra Anzac Day parades with the police sergeant’s ‘This is Not a Day for You’ is to silence the indigenous ex-serviceman who shot back: ‘When is our day?’

That omission is a microcosm of how becoming fixated on massacres can marginalise the ways by which first peoples continue to defend country. If the Right denies what the invaders did to them, segments of the Left do not care to hear what they did to the un-settlers. The map of massacre sites across Eastern Australia compiled by Lyndall Ryan’s group is one more weapon against depicting ‘settlement’ as sweetness and light. To present even more of the truth, the map needs to be overlain by one locating the multiplicity of actions undertaken by first peoples – from assaults on explorers to driving flocks over cliffs. James Scott reminds us why Weapons of the Weak (1987) are not necessarily weak in their impact on their oppressors.

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Celebrate the 165th Anniversary of the Eureka Rebellion! - Melbourne

Celebrate the 165th anniversary of the Eureka Rebellion with a fantastic night of dinner, drinks, and thought provoking speakers!

Join Spirit of Eureka (Victoria) as we celebrate the continuing struggle for Australian Independence and the fight for workers' and democratic rights!


Venue: MUA Hall, 46-54 Ireland St, West Melbourne
(3-minute walk from North Melbourne station)

Doors Open 6.00pm
Dinner - Buffet style meal; vegetarian available
Speakers Start 7.00pm

$20 waged, $10 unwaged/concession
Beer, wine, soft drink - purchase from the bar (CASH ONLY!)

Bookings for dinner are ESSENTIAL!

1) Book and pay online thru Eventbrite:

2) Contact us directly to book your ticket and pay at the door on the night
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call or text: 0476 234 232 (Dirk), 0400 077 563 (Kevin), 0417 456 001 (Shirley)

Please book as early as possible. Table bookings (10 ppl) available – contact directly to book

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Capitalism And Collectibles

by Lyn Longo


I have three grand children; 7, 6 and 3. My purse and I have suffered significantly from the skillfully crafted stimulation of the “Collector Gene.”

First was the “Beanie Boo” passion. These large doe eyed soft toys come in hundreds of forms, all with appealing names, bright colours, representing popular animals and oh so collectable. Manufacturers cleverly release a few new designs at a time and “retire” popular older ones making them scarce and valuable. It is astounding how much the adults will pay to ensure their indulged offspring has the artificially created rare toy.

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U.S. military industries in Australia

Raytheon and Australia - Raytheon Kills

RaytheonRaytheon with its current merger with United Technologies becomes the 2nd biggest arms manufacturer globally - and is the biggest in Australia. Their influence - like that of other military-industrials - is increased by the "revolving door" of generals and government bureaucrats into and out of their doors.

New US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper was recently and for 7 years a chief lobbyist for Raytheon. In 2018 alone, 645 senior government officials went to work at arms dealers.

This isn't new to Trump's US - it goes back decades and happens in Australia too (think Chris Pyne). When your only customers are governments, influence-peddling is critical. This is why excuses for the Yemen war slaughter like Raytheon's "we're only following government policy" don't wash - they shape policy all the time. And always in favor of preparing for and of going to war - it's good business.

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Sustainability and Capitalism Cannot Coexist

What is the logic behind this statement?

Capitalism is an economic system whose sole basis for existence is to make a profit for those who invest in the process of production. Goods are produced and sold to purchasers who either require those products or have been convinced that they should have them. They are sold at such a price that will return a profit to the producer. If these goods were to be sold at less than the cost of production, the manufacturer would no longer continue to produce these products. Capitalism is not a social service. In order to make products, materials are required as inputs. The materials ultimately come from nature.

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