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Australia’s Bob Hawke: Misunderstood in Memoriam

by Dr Binoy Kampmark

Bob HawkeWhat a cheeky way of going.  Death is rarely a matter of good timing but it can be part of a good career move or, as Robert J. Hawke’s passing might prove, the perfect conclusion to his political party’s attempt to reclaim office.  Having shuffled off his mortal coil a few days out of an Australian federal election, his Labor counterparts will hope so.

At a time when Australian politics suffers from dull atrophy and an entrenched dreariness, Hawke, virtue and vice, seems nostalgically stellar.  He cried on public occasions; he bellowed at his opponents with fury; and was fundamentally vulnerable to the usual failings: drink and women.  He wore his errors and his broken promises (with notable exceptions, particularly towards his treasurer and ultimate usurper, Paul Keating), lending himself to a whole assortment of descriptions. 

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What’s Australia’s worst multinational corporation?

Take it or Leave itWho do you reckon is the worst Multinational Corporation operating in Australia? Spirit of Eureka NSW wants to know!

The Esso Longford strikers, CUB workers and Anti-Poverty Network have won the Spirit of Eureka Award in Victoria and South Australia, celebrating their stand against corporate bosses.

We want a twin award, calling out the crap that corporations get away with. 

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All the way with Clarrie O'Shea

Speech given by Humphrey McQueen

Newport 15 May, 2019

Humphrey McQueen speaking Clarrie O'Shea 50th Anniversay

50th Anniversary of the Clarrie O'Shea - Penal Powers Victory, jointly hosted by Spirit of Eureka and Rail Tram and Bus Union (Victorian Branch)


Before 1969 and beyond 2019

Bliss it was in that dawn to be alive,
But to be young was very heaven.

Wordsworth on the French revolution.

And bliss it was in the dawn of 1 February 1968 to wake to the news that the Viet Cong were laying siege to the U.S. Embassy. On and on the Good Times rolled, carrying us through the May Days in Paris and past the Soviet suppression of the Prague Spring, to be buoyed by the on-going Cultural Revolution in China, thrilled by uprisings across Latin America, and transfixed by ‘The Fire This Time’ as Black Panthers brought the war home to the United Mistakes .

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National IPAN Conf - Darwin, Aug 2-4

Australia at the Crossroads: Time for an independent foreign policy

Is your IPAN-affiliated organisation sending a delegate or delegates to the Darwin Conference?

2019 IPAN Darwin Conference
This year's IPAN conference is being held in Darwin as it is the centre for the most recent establishment of a foreign troop presence in Australia with the numbers of US Marines planned to rise to 2,500 and an undeclared strength of US air-force at Tindal and Darwin and US naval forces using Darwin Harbour.

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Public Forum: Keep Australia out of US wars

4th July Public Forum: Keep Australia out of US warsFriends and supporters of an independent Australia are invited to a Public Forum and discussion on 4th July, the U.S. Independence Day.

"Keep Australia Out of U.S. wars:  Time for our Independence from the U.S.A. and all big powers"

Thursday 4 July
6.30 - 8.30 pm
Meeting Room 1, Victorian Trades Hall, cnr Victoria and Lygon streets, Carlton

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