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No Australian Involvement in US wars of Aggression! Time for Independence! 2019 IPAN National Conference in Darwin 2-4 August

The following is Spirit of Eureka's report back from the recently held 2019 Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) National Conference in Darwin 2-4 August. Spirit of Eureka is a founding member and active part of IPAN.

A broad and united movement against war and for independence continues to grow in Australia as US imperialism increasingly tightens its grip over the two subservient major parliamentary parties, to enmesh Australia more deeply with US wars of aggression.

The 2019 IPAN Conference in Darwin 2-4 August, re-asserted calls for a peaceful and independent Australian foreign policy, the removal US military bases and troops and building peace and friendship with people and countries in our region.

The Conference was attended by 90 -100 representatives and individuals from 50 different affiliated organisations across Australia including peace and anti-war groups, the local Larrakia First People, community, faith and social justice organisations, representatives from unions (MUA, Australian Education Union, Retail and Fast Food Workers Union of Australia; CEPU; NTEU, CFMEU) and local migrant communities. Local Darwin anti-war activists and environmentalists were involved in organising and promoting the Conference.

The IPAN conference in Darwin helped to build support and solidarity amongst local people in an environment generally supportive of US troop placement there, and recognised by those locals attending.

Several international guest speakers from Asia-Pacific and Oceania participated, sharing experiences of their countries hosting US bases and struggles for independence from US and other big powers.

The Conference called for the removal of US bases and marines from Australia, an end to the US-Australia Alliance and an independent and peaceful foreign policy.

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Yolngu Elder, Senior Law Man, songman, bi-lingual educator, pilot and parliamentarian says his voice is deliberately ignored

Yingiya Guyula began with the Djambarrpuyngu dialect of Yolgnu Matha, the language spoken across north-east Arnhem Land to introduce his speech at Garma Festival on August 3. Spirit of Eureka transcribed the rest of the speech he delivered in English. We present it below.

Welcome to Yolngu Country. My name is Yingiya Guyula. I am a Liya-dhälinymirr man of the Djambarrpuyŋu Clan of the Yolngu Nation.

My message today is clear. Our progress must come faster. And when I say progress, I mean a Yolngu vision of our communities and our way of life, and this will only happen when we have control of our future, and our Law and culture and are recognised.

We are a sovereign people. We never ceded our land. We are not conquered and here we stand.

Our Yolngu governance system remains. We have clan elders, clan leaders and ceremonies that allow clans to educate, reach agreement, create change, settle disputes and govern our communities.

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Workers United Will Never Be Defeated! Unite to defeat the Ensuring Integrity Bill!

The following is the text of a Spirit of Eureka leaflet recently produced by our members in Victoria.

Workers United will never be defeated!

Unite to defeat the Ensuring Integrity Bill!

 

Unions and workers are always under pressure and attacks from the ruling class of big business and its governments to wipe out hard won wages and conditions. Now, the Morrison government is preparing to do this through the Ensuring Integrity Bill. This Bill is designed to weaken the entire union movement. It isn’t about one union; it is aimed at crushing every union.

Our number one priority is to unite against this Bill

Our strength is in our numbers and our power is to hurt the pockets of big business. Just like the Clarrie O’Shea mass mobilisation and struggle that defeated the anti-union Penal powers 50 years ago, and more recently the united struggle by Chemist Warehouse workers, we need to use our collective industrial muscle, mobilise community support and strike this law off the books once and for all. United action will strengthen working class unity!

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Time to End the U.S.-Australia Alliance

Talk to the Melbourne Unitarian Peace Memorial - 30 June 2019

Shirley Winton – IPAN-Victoria

Long March to NW Cape 1974Why do successive Australian governments dance to the dangerous beat of U.S. war drums?   How do we build a people’s movement to end the Australian governments’ servile support for U.S. wars of aggression?

We pay our respects to traditional owners of the Kulin Nation, past, present and future elders and warriors.  We acknowledge their country was never ceded and support their struggles for sovereignty and self-determination.

Why are Australian governments dancing to the dangerous beat of the U.S. war drums?  How has the U.S.-Australia military alliance deeply enmeshed Australia into U.S. wars of aggression, its military-industrial complex and its global imperialist agendas that threaten Australia’s peace, security and independence?

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ILPS successfully holds 6th International Assembly

COMMUNIQUE OF THE International League of Peoples' Struggles (ILPS)6TH INTERNATIONAL ASSEMBLY
JUNE 23-26
HONGKONG

6th International Assembly ILPS

The International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) successfully held its 6th International Assembly (6th IA) on June 23-26, 2019 in Hong Kong with the theme, “Win a bright socialist future for humanity! Unite the people to fight against imperialist plunder, war, racism and fascism!”

The 6th IA was attended by 400 participants with the following breakdown, 285 were delegates from 213 ILPS member organizations and 115 were observers and guests. They came from 44 countries and territories: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kawthoolei-Karen State of Burma, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kurdistan, Laos, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Manipur, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Sabah, South Korea, Thailand, The Netherlands, Togo, Venezuela, USA, West Papua and Zambia. Prospective participants from 15 more countries could not attend the Assembly due to denial of visa and other reasons.

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