Charter of Rights

We pay tribute to Australia’s Indigenous people in recognition of their struggles since British colonization in 1788.

OUR VISION:

The Spirit of Eureka Committee actively seeks to promote a vision and a pathway to a democratic and independent Australia which values all its citizens and is a fair and just society for all. We support and promote this vision through activities, education, research and the recognition of significant contributions and achievements.

We draw our inspiration from the fight for justice, democracy and a fair go for all that was born at the Eureka Stockade rebellion in 1854 which united more than 20 nationalities under the Eureka flag. The Eureka flag embodies the spirit of Australia’s multiculturalism. It has become a national symbol for all who fight for justice, unity, an egalitarian society and the vision of an independent and fair Australia. The Spirit of Eureka has adopted Eureka’s spirit and its flag as the inspiration for all its endeavours.

The Spirit of Eureka Committee will support causes that reflect and strive for the following:

 

1. Recognition that Indigenous Australians are the traditional carers/owners of this land, and recognition that reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is a vital and necessary goal. We support the Indigenous peoples’ strivings for community control of their affairs and a just Treaty with non-Indigenous Australia.

2. A democratic and independent Australia based on a constitution that values all citizens equally and protects our democratic rights and civil liberties, including the right to speak out and protest against oppression and injustice.

3. Equal treatment of all Australians under the law including access to legal representation, presumption of innocence, and protection against confinement without charge.

4. Commitment to Australia’s independent foreign policy and participation in co-operative international efforts to promote peace, security, prosperity and observance of human rights and labour standards through fair trading arrangements with others in our global community.

5. We support Australia’s withdrawal from the American Alliance, closing down foreign military bases and ceasing joint military exercises for wars of aggression.

6. A common right of access to decent, affordable housing, a system of free, quality public health care and a system of free, quality public education,

7. The right of all citizens to secure employment and to a standard of living which is both socially adequate and representative of a fair and equitable share of the nation’s wealth,

8. The right of all working people to join and be represented by a union, and to defend their well-being and advance their working conditions and living standards through organising, acting and bargaining collectively in unions which necessarily includes the right to collectively withdraw their labour,

9. The right to work in workplaces which are safe, secure, healthy and free of harassment and in which workers have the right to be consulted and involved in making decisions about issues affecting their employment,

10. The right of all working people to protection against unfair dismissal or unfair treatment by employers,

11. The right of workplace unions and their representatives to carry out their role without harassment, including the right to enter workplaces, recruit, organise and represent workers in the workplace,

12. The rights of workers and unions to take political and industrial action in support of social justice, peace, protection of the environment and solidarity with the struggles for justice in other countries

13. The right of all Australians to a secure and dignified retirement that ensures decent and comfortable living standards through the social security and taxation systems,

14. The right of working parents to have access to quality, free, publicly funded childcare,

15. The right to employment standards that enable working parents to manage both work and family commitments, and in particular, that working parents have the time and opportunity to form and maintain relationships with their children which foster the child’s development,

16. The acceptance by government that infrastructure such as education, health, public transport, energy, telecommunications, postal services, water and community services is vital to the collective well-being of all citizens and must be publicly owned and managed and acceptance that the efficiency of public services must be measured in terms of the quality of service provided as well as economic cost.

17. A genuinely multicultural Australia,

18. Opposition to discrimination in all forms including that based on race, religion, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual preferences or political beliefs.

19. That Australia should welcome and support refugees and asylum seekers fleeing wars, oppression and environmental disasters due to climate change. In 1854 the Eureka rebels declared “the Eureka flag as the refuge of all oppressed people from all countries on earth.”

20. Protection and promotion of a healthy and sustainable environment,

21. Taking action to reverse the devastating effects of global warming and implementing measures to repair and protect the environment. This includes forcing polluting businesses and corporations to pay for repairs to the environment,

22. Development of viable and self-reliant agricultural, manufacturing and transport industries, with emphasis on new, environmentally sustainable industries that will create jobs and encourage scientific development as well as protect the quality of the local and global environments,

23. Protect and develop Australia’s agricultural, manufacturing, cultural and services industries through Fair Trade Not Free Trade with other countries.

24. Recognition that governments must accept a central role in ensuring fairness, equality and opportunity across the community and encourage participatory democracy by the citizens.

 

Parent Category: Spirit Content

Patrons of Spirit of Eureka

- Julian Burnside QC

- Bernard Constable, National General

- Secretary, Shearers’ and Rural Workers’ Union; Member of Eureka Stockade Memorial Association, Ballarat

- Shane Howard, Australian songwriter and musician

- Fr. Bob Maguire, AM, RFD

- Humphrey McQueen, Australian historian and activist

- Val Noone, Historian and Peace Activist

- Anne O’Rourke, Human Rights Lawyer and  academic

- Robert Richter, QC

- Rob Stary, Criminal Defence Lawyer and  Democratic Rights activist