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The new Defence Bill is a step to Fascism: Fight for working people’s rights

Spirit of Eureka Statement, October 15th, 2020

Defence emergenciesThe Morrison government has introduced a dangerous new Bill to Parliament called Defence Legislation Amendment (Enhancement of Defence Force Response to Emergencies) Bill 2020.  If passed, the Legislation will give authority to the Defence Minister to declare an “emergency” and call out Australian Defence Forces and police, including foreign troops and police, to deal with the undefined “emergency”.  The Bill does not include any definition of what is an “emergency” or “other emergencies” and could be used to suppress people’s protests against economic austerity, unemployment, the climate crisis, and against imperialist wars. It could be used in industrial disputes against unions and workers taking industrial action for wages and conditions, for job security, economic livelihoods, for social justice and solidarity.   The Bill allows the army and police, including foreign troops and police, to be exempt from civil and criminal liability.  The parliamentary Labor Opposition is conspicuously silent.

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Vietnam Moratorium 50th Anniversary Commemoration in Adelaide

50th anniversary of the Vietnam Moratorium Campaign in Adelaide. A commemorative meeting was held at the Box Factory on the 20th September 2020 to acknowledge the 1970s protests against Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War.

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Will the US Alliance drag Australia into another war?

An online event hosted by the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) Victoria. Held on the 19 September 2020 UN International Day of Peace. Guest speakers: Vince Scappatura (author of "The US Lobby and Australian Defence Lobby); Greg Barnes SC (Democratic Rights Lawyer and Barrister)

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A Bill to enable use of foreign troops or foreign police in Australian "emergencies'

by Bevan Ramsden

US MilitaryA bill is before federal parliament to enable the ADF, Reserves and foreign military forces and police to be used in Australian emergencies. It gives them immunity from civil or criminal prosecution for actions arising from these emergency duties.

“Emergencies” are undefined. Could they include industrial actions or large scale climate change protest actions?

There are very worrying implications in a Bill being considered in Federal Parliament.

It is called the “Defence Legislation Amendment (Enhancement of Defence Force response to Emergencies) Bill, 2020”.

Clause 123AA:

(4) The Chief of the Defence Force, or the Secretary, may, in writing, authorise a person, or each person in a class of persons, to perform duties in respect of the provision of assistance mentioned in subsection (1), if the person, or each person in the class of persons, is any of the following:

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An Independent and Sovereign Australian Economy

This Spirit of Eureka statement comes on the heels of Prime Minister Morrison's spurious solutions with his 'Manufacturing in Australia' National Press Club address and the announcement of the Federal Government's Budget. Our statement aims to serve the people not profiteering corporations, which is the objective of the Coalition Government.


The reoccurring crises of capitalism (e.g. 2000 Dot.Com crash, 2008 GFC/Sub-Prime Mortgage collapse, and the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic economic crisis) demonstrate how unstable and exploitative the capitalist market is. It inflicts hardship and destitution on workers whilst further enriching giant corporations and the rich. Over the past few decades Australia has lost sizable and vital areas of local manufacturing, leaving Australia precariously dependent on overseas supply chains. In addition, foreign owned corporations dominate the remaining biggest sectors of our economy and hold majority ownership of many major 'Australian' based businesses. This sees wealth generated here from Australian workers and the country’s resources being repatriated overseas through scams such as profit shifting and tax evasion. All this lays bare the fact that Australia is a dependent economy dominated by multinational corporations and foreign interests, in particular the United States.

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