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IPAN statement at the Vietnam Moratorium 50th anniversary Adelaide commemoration

Independent and Peacful Australia Network (IPAN) and labour History held a commemoration meeting for the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam Moratorium Campaign in Adelaide, 20th Sept 2020. The following statement was given by Stephen Darley (IPAN Sth Aust Convener and Spirit of Eureka member) to the event.

VMC BadgeMy brief is to connect the Vietnam war and the large-scale protests against it in Australia, to the present day. Obviously the US alliance still prevails, and so do the negative effects of that alliance on Australia and Australians. More on that shortly. One key result of the experience of the Vietnam war and the moratorium campaign against it was the end of mass Australian casualties in such colonial wars. The proportion between Vietnam and Afghanistan deaths and casualties is less than a tenth  in the latter war, and much less in Iraq (this bears no relationship to the deaths and injuries of Vietnamese, Afghani's and Iraqis of course – they number in the millions, civilian and military).

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Australian Unemployed Workers Union ends powerful strike

By Lindy Nolan, Spirit of Eureka NSW

After three powerful months, the Australian Unemployed Workers Union (AUWU) has ended its strike against “mutual obligations” and cuts.

The strike bit, because it gave individual support and facts to those standing against lies and bullying by government and corporate agencies.

In turn, the AUWU grew to 29 branches countrywide, its Facebook pages awash with articulate and determined members and supporters. Their calls resonated far beyond the group.

One member slammed, “pointless busy work by job agencies. I’ve been advised to enrol in a literacy and numeracy course. But I topped my entire year in English four times.”

A supporter used Roy Morgan polling to show around 20 unemployed for every job available, rising to 29 if underemployment is also included.

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Rio Tinto Turns Cultural Vandal: The Destruction of the Juukan Gorge Caves

by Binoy Kampmark

It was a calamity in cultural terms likened to the destruction of the Buddhist statues of Bamyan and the ancient city of Palmyra.  The explosive eradication of two Aboriginal sites in West Australia’s Juukan Gorge in May, said to be 46,000 years old, moved Peter Stone, the UNESCO chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace, to call it “a black day for us all”.  This was not the dirty handiwork of Taliban zealots or Islamic State fanatics: the blasting had been an act of callous corporate desecration, a molestation of country, a renting of the earth.  

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Is the ANZUS treaty a cornerstone of Australian security or merely a useful myth?

ANZUS logoSpirit of Eureka Statement, September 9th, 2020

Since its ratification in 1951, Australian politicians and pundits have touted the ANZUS treaty as a guarantee of Australian security. The US in signing the treaty with Australia and New Zealand did not commit to automatically supporting those countries with military forces in the event of armed attack. Rather, there is a less stringent commitment to ‘consult’. Close reading of the actual text of the treaty reveals that it is not the security guarantee that it has consistently been made out to be.

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Will the U.S. Alliance drag Australia into another war?

"Will the US alliance drag Australia into another war?  Australia needs an independent foreign policy"
 
Join the meeting via zoom link below.
 
Saturday 19 September,  2pm AEST
 
With: 
  • Vince Scappatura, author of "The US lobby and the Australian foreign policy" 
  • Greg Barns, SC, democratic rights lawyer and barrister, Advisor to Julian Assange Campaign
  • Discussion

Time: Sep 19, 2020,    2.00pm PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

US drag Aust into war

 Join Zoom meeting - click link here    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83376938265

 

Meeting ID: 833 7693 8265

 
 Organised by IPAN-Victoria This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;  https://ipan.org.au/
 
Endorsed by MUA-Victoria, Pax Christie-Vic, Earth Worker, Spirit of Eureka, CICD, Progressive Labour Party, Melbourne May Day Organisation, Communication Workers Union-Victoria. 

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