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NAIDOC Week 2013 - We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963

This article is from the NAIDOC website

naidoc logoNAIDOC Week runs from the 7 - 14 July.

This year’s theme proudly celebrates the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions to the Federal Parliament.

In August 1963, the Yolngu people of Yirrkala in northeast Arnhem Land sent two bark petitions – framed by traditional ochre paintings of clan designs – to the Australian House of Representatives.

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Don’t Sign the TPP - Don’t sign away Australia’s Sovereignty

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Protest against the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade hosting a TPP consultation meeting in Adelaide, Thursday 27 June.

by Spirit of Eureka (Vic)

The Australian government is about to sell out the last vestiges of Australia’s sovereignty and national independence by signing up to the US-driven Trans Pacific Partnership (“Free Trade”) agreement.

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Humphrey McQueen on democracy

Humphrey McQueen

The speech was given at the Wheelers' Centre (the Capitol Theatre, Melbourne) on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 as part of the launch of the Museum of Democracy (the old Eureka centre in Ballarat).

I’m doubly grateful for your invitation. First, it gives me the chance to spend time with friends.

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Forelock-tugging bunyip aristocracy penning us in

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by Peter Goers

Republished with permission of the author

The Australian Constitution is reasonably useful but so boring. It's the foundation of our funny little secondhand nation but few people read it. Fortunately it's not taught in schools. It's not just the arcane language that's off-putting (though I like a bit of porogation now and again) it's the antiquated nature of it. It's an appalling piece of writing and It's all about pleasing Queen Victoria.

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Edward Snowden: Saving us from the United Stasi of America

by Daniel Ellsberg

Global Research, June 10, 2013

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Edward Snowden

This article by Daniel Ellsberg cogently presents the case that surveillance and spying by the United States administration is no less repressive than other nations it criticizes and is more than willing to override its own citizen's rights and liberties.

Snowden’s whistleblowing gives us a chance to roll back what is tantamount to an ‘executive coup’ against the US constitution. In my estimation, there has not been in American history a more important leak than Edward Snowden’s release of NSA material – and that definitely includes the Pentagon Papers 40 years ago. Snowden’s whistleblowing gives us the possibility to roll back a key part of what has amounted to an “executive coup” against the US constitution.

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