2018 Eureka Anniversary Celebration in Melbourne

DEMOCRATIC AND WORKERS' RIGHTS UNDER ATTACK - THE FIGHT CONTINUES!

On Thursday November 29, over 150 people, including union officials and members, community activists, and Spirit of Eureka supporters gathered at the Maritime Union of Australia Hall in Melbourne to celebrate the 164th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade.

Proceedings were MC'd by former comedian and now lawyer, Corinne Grant, and guests heard inspiring and thought provoking speeches from Shirley Winton (Spirit of Eureka member), Lidia Thorpe (Gunnai-Gunditjmara woman, First Nations activist), Greg Barns (democratic and civil rights lawyer), and Dave Noonan (National Secretary CFMMEU Construction Division).

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Student Strike 4 Climate Action stuns the nation

Student strike 4 climate actionThousands of Australian schoolchildren abandoned their classrooms on November 30, in defiance of Prime Minister Morrison, to protest the federal government's lack of action on climate change. This upsurge in Australia was ignited by a young Swedish student Greta Thunberg, who vowed to protest against her nation's politicians inactivity on the Paris Climate Change Agreements.

This in turn inspired a couple of students from Castlemaine, Victoria to carry out their own protest at the office of Bridget McKenzie, a National Party senator. Which then ignited a nation wide protest by primary and high school students last Friday.

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Irresponsible Australian mining in the Philippines persists

by Reyvi Mariñas

 

In 2008, I met Manoy Tony, an elder from the island of Rapu-Rapu in Bicol region, and Frances Quimpo, from the Centre for Environmental Concerns in the Philippines (CEC), in a public forum held in Melbourne about large-scale mining activities in the Philippines.

In the forum, they pointed out how huge mining companies like the Lafayette Philippines Inc, a subsidiary of an Australian mining company, have substantially destroyed the environment and community’s livelihood as a result of cyanide spills, pollution and depletion of water resources.

In fact, Lafayette’s two mine spills in Rapu-Rapu that happened in 2005 was amongst “the worst mining disasters in the Philippines”. Recent report shows that rehabilitation work on the mine site and surrounding coastal communities in Albay and Sorsogon has been very slow and the cost of rehabilitation has now ballooned to P310 million (‘Slow progress in Rapu-Rapu mine rehabilitation’, Rappler, 08 May 2018).

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"WE SWEAR BY THE SOUTHERN CROSS TO STAND TRULY BY EACH OTHER AND FIGHT TO DEFEND OUR RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES."

FOR A JUST, SOVEREIGN AND DEMOCRATIC AUSTRALIA.

The Spirit of Eureka Committee was established in the lead up to the 150th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade in 2004, to give a strong and united voice to the current struggles of Australia’s working people.

The Spirit of Eureka draws on the continuity and relevance of this important event in the history of Australia to present day endeavours and struggles for justice, democracy and sovereignty.

The Eureka rebellion laid the foundations for Australia’s continuing social, industrial and political struggles. It was advanced for its time and represents an important fighting tradition that continues to inspire our fight today.

 

Eureka Day

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Past Eureka Day anniversary commemorations organised by the Spirit of Eureka                         Melb Eureka Dinner 2017     Adel Eureka Dinner 2016      Melb Eureka...
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Our Mining Tax Petition

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Take Action: sign our petition calling for an increase to the Minerals Rent Resource Tax. Australia is a country rich in natural resources. This sovereign...
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Spirit of Eureka Award

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The 2017 and Inaugural Spirit of Eureka Award is open for nominations.

The Award will recognise someone who, in the spirit of the Eureka rebels, has demonstrated an outstanding and ongoing...
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Charter of Rights

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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...
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