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Book Review: Moratorium Now!

by Dr David Faber

This timely publication of the acts of a 2020 Adelaide conference celebrates the 50th anniversary of the September 1970 Moratorium March through Adelaide.  This was the peak moment of anti-imperial resistance to the Vietnam War in South Australia 1965-72.  A mass political stratagem born of the initial minority status of opposition to the war, the movement made current and fashionable a latinate word in calling for a pause to the fighting in Vietnam.  It is typical of Adelaide’s political culture, vibrant since `systematic colonization’ in 1836, that South Australia, admittedly less Covid-challenged than other States, has hitherto been the only one to commemorate these years of protest.

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War Talk - State of Play

By Brian Boyd

(February 2021)

Brian is former Victorian Trades Hall Council Secretary with a long history of advocating for Australia's independence from US.

Introduction

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2020 ended with an ever evolving pre-war scenario still in play.

The possibility of outright military conflict between the US and China has increased in probability from around 10% a decade ago to as high as 50% in 2021. Some commentators are suggesting that a trigger could be a miscalculation in the South China Sea and even a new “disruptive US military technology” (1) coming into play.

The recent change to the formal political leadership in the United States does not detract from the main dilemma facing the world, the ongoing and intensifying great power rivalry that could lead to open conflict.

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The Blood-for-Oil Iraq War needs a Public Chilcott-type Inquiry

by Bevan Ramsden

(Bevan Ramsden is a long- time peace activist and advocate for Australia’s national independence, an ex-member of the Coordinating Committee of IPAN, the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network and is currently editor of IPAN’s monthly e-publication, Voice.)

Chilcot Inquiry20th March,2021 is 18 years since Australia made the decision to join the United States in the disastrous war of aggression against Iraq. No Australian public Inquiry into the reasons and political responsibilities for that decision has been held and one is very much needed as war clouds are developing in South East Asia and a decision to join the US in another war may be around the corner.

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Trashing Democratic Rights in Australia

Trashing Democratic Rights in Australia

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"Paying to be exploited" - Inquiry into Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage

RIG SEISMIC

 

In this submission to the Senate Economics Reference Committee, Professor Clinton Fernandes contends that Australia has given away its valuable energy resources to foreign-controlled corporations for no return. He argues for a 4 point strategy to wrest back control of the nation's energy resources so the benefit stays here for the Australian people. What Fernandes explains in his submission highlights the fact that Australia has an appalling history of comprador behaviour by the country's political leaders. Not surprising when virtually all of them go into direct service of multinational corporations at retirement and are well remunerated for their Faustian service.

Inquiry into Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Benefit to Australia) Bill 2020

Submission by Professor Clinton Fernandes, UNSW Canberra

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