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Lest We Forget again: Anzac Day is an opportunity to confront our violent frontier past and its shadow today

This article came from The Honest History website

by David Stephens

Yassmin

Yassmin Abdel-Magied, a young Somali-Australian Muslim woman, was driven out of Australia last year after she implied that the Anzac sacred cow might be ready to graze new territory. ‘Lest. We. Forget.’, she said, ‘(Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine …)’. I thought she was on the right track and I said so, copping some of the bilious and vicious response that she herself received. Yet, surely, after a century we can move beyond dead soldiers and broaden the remembrance focus to other weighty matters where Australians bear some responsibility and where they should have some interest in making things right. Such a matter is right in front of us.

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2018 Stolenwealth Games - A Celebration of First Nations' Dispossession

Stolenwealth 2018

The chasm between the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games (April 4 to April 16) - which presented a performance of 60,000 years of seamless progression from Indigenous to 'modern Australia' - and the First Nations' protest against the "Stolenweath" games outside the Gold Coast Stadium couldn't be any more starker. The festering conflict involving the Commonwealth Game's 'celebration colonialism' and the First Nations' resistance to dispossession goes back to the magnificent protests of the 1982 Brisbane Games, continued by the 2006 Melbourne Games and now the 2018 Gold Coast Games.

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Science Under Siege

 This article was produced by Spirit of Eureka (Sydney) and was handed out as a two-page A5 flyer at the March for Science rally on Saturday 14th April.

In 2018, the attack on science throughout the Western world is continuing unabated. Massive political interference is rife against scientists and science whose conclusions might reduce multinationals’ profits. In Australia, irreplaceable CSIRO scientists such as Dr John Church, an expert in sea-level rise, lose their jobs.

Meanwhile, the Federal Coalition and Queensland Labor governments line up behind the proposed Adani Coal Mine, a major threat to Australia’s biodiversity, peddling the anti-scientific “clean coal” theory. They willfully ignore scientific research showing that burning fossil fuels—coal or gas—emits toxic and carcinogenic substances into our air, water and land.

In July 2017, a damning report from the Black-throated Finch Recovery Team was submitted to Federal Environment Minister, Josh Frydenberg. Dr Tony Grice, chair of the team, said: “Adani’s Carmichael mine will destroy a large part of the best remaining habitat for the Black-throated Finch… Losing this rich habitat would be a major blow to the chances of the bird surviving.”

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Withdraw from the US Alliance - Yankee warmongers go home!

In opposition to the US, UK and French, 14-4-2018 missile attack on Syria, an urgent protest was held in Adelaide that afternoon. Below is a speech given by a Spirit of Eureka representative.

US attack on Syria protest Adl 14-4-18The US, UK and French forces missile attacks against supposed Syrian chemical weapons sites and military installations is a criminal act with the potential to ignite an international conflagration. The US's unwillingness to wait for an independent investigative team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), to inspect the site of the alleged attack in the Jihadist-held town of Douma last week more than suggests that the chemical attack was a fabrication.

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Screen Actors, directors call on government to "Make it Australian"

Make it Australian bannerIn late March a large number of high-profile film and television figures signed and presented an open letter insisting that the Turnball Coalition government bolster local content rules for television and increase tax breaks for movie producers. The letter also appeals for Australian content rules to be widen and include new media such as streaming services Netflix and Stan.

The "Open Letter to Federal Parliamentarians" states:

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