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Skewed Responsibility: Australian War Crimes in Afghanistan

by Dr Binoy Kampmark

SAS fly Nazi flagThe Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry was always going to make for a gruesome read – and that was only the redacted version.  The findings of the four-year investigation, led by New South Wales Court of Appeal Justice and Army Reserve Major-General Paul Brereton, point to “credible evidence” that 39 Afghan non-combatants and prisoners were allegedly killed by Australian special forces personnel.  Two others were also treated with cruelty.  The Report recommends referring 36 cases for criminal investigation to the Australian Federal Police. These involve 23 incidents and 19 individuals who have been referred to the newly created Office of the Special Prosecutor.

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Return to the Scene of the Crime and the SAS

by Jim Dowling * - 8 December 2020

Swan Island Gate

In 2014 Greg Rolles, Tim Webb. Sam Quinlin, and Dave Sprigg were brutally assaulted by SAS soldiers on Swan Island, a highly secretive training base at the bottom of Victoria. They were hooded, stripped naked, threatened with rape and drowning, dragged along the ground kicked and walked on.

Last weekend I returned with Greg to Swan Island along with Dominican priest, Fr Peter Murnane and a friend, Shane Anderson. We went there once again to offer ongoing witness and resistance to Australia’s war crimes in the Middle East. For Greg it was also a chance to face the demons of his own home-grown torture at the hands of the SAS.

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SoE commemorates 166th Eureka Rebellion on Youtube

Spirit of Eureka commemorated the 166th Eureka Rebellion Anniversary last Sunday, 29th November in an online forum. This recorded video can also be viewed on YouTube.

The focus for this year was, "In the midst of a global crisis it is right to rebel for our rights and liberties".

The online forum had an exceptional range of speakers who presented insights and reflections on the appalling state of affairs in Australia and around the world.

Alison Broinowski AO  Australians for War Powers Reform
Christy Cain  National President, Maritime Union of Australia
Charlie Joyce   from Spirit of Eureka
Bernard Collaery famous for the secret trial brought against him by the Australian government

Bernard Collaery also was 2020 recipient of the Spirit of Eureka Award

The award was given to him for his courage in standing up and speaking out against injustice as a matter of principle and his unwavering commitment to democratic rights. Particularly exposing the Australian Secret Intelligence Services (ASIS) bugging the East Timorese government during negotiations over East Timor Sea Oil.

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Charlie Joyce's speech for the 166th Eureka Anniversary

Charlie Joyce is a member of Spirit of Eureka and a student activist and organiser with the University of Melbourne Student Union.

Good afternoon everyone and thank you for the introduction.

I would like to begin by acknowledging that I am calling in from the unceded lands of the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation.

I’d like to pay my respects to their elders past and present, and to any first nations people who are here today.

I’d like to extend, both personally and on behalf of Spirit of Eureka, unconditional solidarity with the struggle of first nations people around this country for justice, decolonisation and self-determination.

The goal of Spirit of Eureka – to fight for a just, sovereign and democratic Australia – is intrinsically connected with the first nations struggle.

First off, I’m sure I speak on behalf of Spirit of Eureka when I say thank you to you all, once again, for joining us today, as we celebrate and mark the 166th Anniversary of the Eureka Rebellion.

Though it is sad the coronavirus pandemic has meant we haven’t been able to do this event in person, we’re lucky that these new circumstances mean that we can be joined by comrades and friends from all over the country – and maybe even internationally as well!

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Special Announcement: Bernard Collaery to speak at 166 Eureka Anniversary Commemoration 29 November

 166 Eureka Anniversary

Registration link to the Zoom Eureka Anniversary Commemoration.  Please register in advance for this meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtf-GuqzIuHdZ1IUTdjbZ2O9Zpw-WIwQGx

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Also Live Streamed via Facebook; facebook.com/spiritofeureka

This year Spirit of Eureka is awarding Bernard Collaery the annual Spirit of Eureka Award for their courage in standing up and speaking out against injustice as a matter of principle and their unwavering commitment to democratic rights.  Their courageous stand is inspiring and makes this country a better place for working people.  Both men are now being persecuted by the Australian government and face jail for helping correct what they saw as a gross injustice.

Bernard Collaery, the Australian lawyer is being prosecuted in a secret trial by the Australian government for exposing Australian Secret Intelligence Services (ASIS) bugging the East Timorese government during negotiations over East Timor Sea Oil.

In 2018 he was about to represent East Timor at the International Court of Justice, in The Hague,  when he was charged with conspiracy to breach Intelligence Services Act 2001 and were forbidden from talking about the charges against them.

Bernard Collaery’s book, Oil Under Troubled Water, relates the sordid history of Australian government dealings with East Timor, and how the actions of both major political parties have enriched their corporate allies at the expense of its tiny neighbour and wartime ally, one of the poorest nations in the world.

Bernard Collaery is a patron and honorary solicitor of various charitable and non-profit organisations serving Indigenous and marginalised sectors of the community.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/10/witness-k-and-the-outrageous-spy-scandal-that-failed-to-shame-australia

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