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The spirit of Eureka and Australia’s working class struggles

by Dirk Van Dalen

163rd Eureka Anniversary speech, 27/11/2017, Melbourne

DirkBefore I start I’d just like to quickly say 2 things.

First, I’d like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet tonight, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, and pay my respects to their elders past and present. I also acknowledge that sovereignty of this land has never been ceded, and that it always was and always will be Aboriginal land.

Secondly, as the speaker from the Spirit of Eureka for tonight, I’d like to say a few words of thanks.

First to the Railway Hotel for hosting us this evening, and for putting on such a fantastic dinner. It’s no easy task to prepare meals for this many people, so it’s greatly appreciated.

Secondly, I’d like to thank everyone for making the effort and coming along tonight to celebrate the 163rd anniversary of Eureka. I believe it’s very important to celebrate and mark historical anniversaries, especially one like the Eureka Stockade, whose legacy has played such a pivotal role in the struggles of Australia’s working people for a fair, just and democratic society.

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2017 Eureka Anniversary celebration in Melbourne

27/11/2017 - Railway Hotel, North Fitzroy, Melbourne

“Continuing the fight for workers’ rights”

2017_SoE_AThe 163rd Eureka Stockade anniversary in Melbourne was celebrated in honour of 59 Longford Esso workers and attended by 90 supporters.  The theme of this year’s anniversary was “Continuing the fight for workers’ rights – celebrating the spirit of Eureka in Australia’s working class struggles”.  The Anniversary celebration was attended by 20 Longford workers and their partners, union officials and members from AMWU, AWU, ETU, MUA , CWU, activists, and supporters of Spirit of Eureka.

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INVITATION - 163 years Eureka Anniversary

Continuing the fight for workers' rights - celebrating the spirit of Eureka in Australia's working class struggles

2017 Eureka Anniversary
This year's Eureka Anniversary celebration is paying tribute to the Longford Esso (Gippsland) offshore maintenance workers currently engaged in a long battle with ExxonMobil, one of the world's biggest oil and gas multinationals (Esso's parent company), defending jobs and living standards of all working people.

The celebration will be attended by a delegation of Esso Longford maintenance workers, community and union members, and descendants of the Eureka Stockade rebellion.

The Longford Esso workers will be presented with the 2017 "Spirit of Eureka Award" in recognition of their courage and determination for more than 140 days on the picket line, fighting for all of us.

Be there and show your solidarity with Longford Esso maintenance workers continuing the fighting spirit of Eureka for justice in Australia's working class struggles.

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Driving Disunity Adelaide Book Launch

Speech given by Lindy Nolan at the Australian Education Union 17th November 2017

Nolan AEU DD LaunchI acknowledge that we meet on Sovereign Kaurna land, and pay respect to Elders, past present and future, and all Aboriginal People present. A huge thank you to Danny and the Aboriginal Education Committee, to John Hartley for his powerful speech and to Spirit of Eureka, especially Mike Willis.

This is an accidental book. It wasn’t one until a draft circulating amongst Aboriginal Peoples, was too big to staple. Noel Pearson and corporate education was my initial investigation, but remains unwritten, by me at least.  What I found instead floored me. I’ve been writing about the Business Council of Australia for years, and here was the BCA with huge, long-term plans being rolled out into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. And I’d known next to nothing about it. But Aboriginal voices, like Gary Foley’s, were saying “Someone ought to look at what corporations are up to!”  Land is what corporations are after, and they’re using people to people contact to rewrite their own story, as the good guys.

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Six Sth Aust Councils support increase for Newstart

by Pas Forgione

Newstart Onkapringa

Outside new Newstart allowance increase supporting City of Onkapringa

Since the City of Port Adelaide Enfield publicly declared its support for an increase to Newstart in August, six more South Australian councils have joined the push to boost this meagre allowance.

ACROSS SOUTH AUSTRALIA, local governments are sticking up for their residents who are out of work and living in poverty, as part of a grassroots campaign led by Anti-Poverty Network SA (with support from SA Council of Social Service and Uniting Communities).

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