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International Day of Peace Rally in Melbourne – 21 September - Patrick Newbold

No War on Iran - No Australian support for US wars of aggression

21 September 2019.

Patrick Newboldby Patrick Newbold

Spirit of Eureka member

We meet on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri people. Let us acknowledge that sovereignty of their country was never ceded and pay respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

Recent provocations against Iran are the latest in a series of efforts by the United States to establish a pretext for further military intervention in the Middle East. Despite a history of disastrous campaigns in the region, such as in Iraq and Libya, which saw massive civilian casualties, the decimation of vital infrastructure, a deepening of major sectarian conflicts and a catastrophic breakdown in social and political stability, the United States remains unrelenting in its pursuit of further conflict.

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International Day of Peace Rally in Melbourne – 21 September - Bryda Nicholls

No Australian support for U.S. wars

21 September  2019

Bryda Nichollsby Bryda Nicholls

Monash University student and Worker Student Alliance member

G'day comrades.

My name is Bryda, I’m a proud Palawa woman from Tasmania. I’d like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we’re gathered today. And pay my respects to elders past present and emerging.

This land was stolen and never ceded.

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Oppose US provocations in the Strait of Hormuz!

The following is the text of a leaflet distributed by Spirit of Eureka members on September 21, International Day of Peace.

Spirit of Eureka strongly condemns the US-led naval incursion in the Strait of Hormuz. We call upon the Australian Government to refrain from increasing military tension by cancelling the sending of Australian warship and troops to the region.

US officials and their subservient counterparts in the UK, Australia and elsewhere, have claimed the need to defend ‘navigational freedom’ and to ‘de-escalate’ rising tensions in the region.

However there is a clear desire on the part of the United States to pursue an increasingly aggressive and undiplomatic policy towards Iran, after withdrawing from a major non-proliferation agreement and reinstating harsh sanctions aimed at crippling the economy of the Middle Eastern nation. This is a dangerous escalation with the potential to ignite a direct military conflict, possibly involving multiple countries.

Members of the Trump administration have been eager to blame Iran for the unfolding crisis in the Strait of Hormuz following a series of mysterious attacks against a number of oil-tankers in the region earlier this year. The allegations came despite the lack of an official investigation and without substantial evidence linking Iran to the crimes.

More recently, Iran has been blamed for drone attacks on Saudi oilfields, again without any evidence. Iranian officials also subsequently denied any responsibility for any of these attacks.

We need to ask “who benefits?” from this situation, apart from the multinational oil monopolies, as soaring oil prices reap monstrous profits!

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Report on Melbourne Rally for International Day of Peace 21 September

No Australian Support for U.S. Wars - Climate Action for Peace

Melb International Day of Peace 21 Sept 2019

On 21 September, the International Day of Peace several peace, anti-war and community organisations came together in Melbourne at a colourful and spirited rally calling for global peace, an end to wars of aggression and ending Australia’s support for U.S. wars.

The rally, organised by Independent and Peaceful Australia Network-Victoria, called for the removal of US bases and troops, an end to US-Australia military alliance and for an independent and peaceful foreign policy.  Speakers called for an end to imperialist wars of aggression, more public funds to hospitals, schools and climate action, not to wars and fossil fuel profiteers and makers of climate change.  Solidarity with people and countries fighting for justice, peace and independence.

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Asbestos removal workers picket Sydney's tourist heart

By Lindy Nolan

Sydney’s Rocks on Sydney Harbour has been a working class heartland almost since the British invaded and stole Gadigal land in 1788.  

Convicts had tough lives, but held tight a fighting spirit, later taken up by waterside, maritime and office workers who let off steam and organised in the Rocks.

Now it’s Sydney’s tourist centre, but a small group of workers hold tight that working class heritage. They’re into their eighth week on the picket line there.

Staying strong on a picket line takes strength and commitment, but when there’s less than 20 of you, it becomes harder still.

GBAR asbestos removal workers started protected action Monday 29 July.

The former AWU members had negotiated for nine months before joining the CFMEU and starting talks about their EBA. They were paid 50 percent less than the CFMEU award.

GBAR Group took the union to Fair Work for not bargaining in good faith and lost. The company wanted to cut out the union and negotiate directly with unrepresented workers.

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