Worried about agents of foreign influence? Just look at who owns Australia’s biggest companies

by Clinton Fernandes

Clinton Fernandes - professor of international and political studies. Author of several books including "What Uncle Sam Wants - US Foreign Policy objectives in Australia and Beyond" and "Island Off the Coast of Asia". He will be one of the main speakers at the Spirit of Eureka's annual dinner in Melbourne, November 28.

The attention being given to possible covert influence being exercised by China in Australia shouldn’t distract us from recognising that very overt foreign influence now occurs through investment.

Right now US corporations eclipse everyone else in their ability to influence our politics, through their investments in Australian stocks.

Using company ownership data from Bloomberg, I analysed the ownership of Australia’s 20 biggest companies a few days after the 2019 federal election in May. Of those 20, 15 were majority-owned by US-based investors. Three more were at least 25% US-owned.

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Celebrate the 165th Anniversary of the Eureka Rebellion! - Melbourne

Celebrate the 165th anniversary of the Eureka Rebellion with a fantastic night of dinner, drinks, and thought provoking speakers!

Join Spirit of Eureka (Victoria) as we celebrate the continuing struggle for Australian Independence and the fight for workers' and democratic rights!

6PM, THURSDAY NOVEMBER 28

Venue: MUA Hall, 46-54 Ireland St, West Melbourne
(3-minute walk from North Melbourne station)

Doors Open 6.00pm
Dinner - Buffet style meal; vegetarian available
Speakers Start 7.00pm

$20 waged, $10 unwaged/concession
Beer, wine, soft drink - purchase from the bar (CASH ONLY!)

Bookings for dinner are ESSENTIAL!

BOOKING OPTIONS
1) Book and pay online thru Eventbrite:    https://eureka165.eventbrite.com

2) Contact us directly to book your ticket and pay at the door on the night
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
call or text: 0476 234 232 (Dirk), 0400 077 563 (Kevin), 0417 456 001 (Shirley)

Please book as early as possible. Table bookings (10 ppl) available – contact directly to book

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Stop the political repressions in the Philippines! Stop the attacks!

Solidarity with the people of the Philippines fighting political repression and attacks against the progressive people's movement.

Human Rights in the PhilippinesUrgent call for solidarity with the people of the Philippines to stop widespread political repression and attacks.  Sunday 10 November 4.30 pm Federation Square.

In the last few days, the US/Duterte government has escalated violent attacks and repression against the progressive people's movement in the Philippines.  More than 62 progressive activists have been arrested and their organisations raided.

Shirley Winton
co-convenor
Spirit of Eureka (Vic.)

See below for the recently released statement by the International League of People's Struggles (ILPS). Spirit of Eureka is an affiliate of ILPS.

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Upcoming Events

"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.

 

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