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(en) Australia, Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 659 5th September - 11th September 2005

Date Wed, 07 Sep 2005 09:59:04 +0300


CAPITALISM CAN'T COPE
The central problem in Mississippi and Louisiana isn't race or class or the
Bush administration's incompetence. The problem is capitalism's inability
to deal with a crisis. People find themselves in the deplorable state they
are in because there is no mechanism within a capitalist society to deal
with catastrophic loss.
Insurance and philanthropy - capitalism's customary response to disaster,
cannot cope with a calamity as big as Hurricane Katrina. The tardy and
inadequate response to what is happening in the South is directly related to
the role the State plays in the United States. The US government is
essentially in control of a State apparatus that acts as a disciplinary
force. Over the past 30 years, the call for smaller and smaller government
has resulted in the privatisation and outsourcing of services that were
primarily the responsibility of the State.

The privatisation of welfare, health, education and prison services has
dramatically reduced the role the State plays in providing for the needs of
its citizens. The State has been reduced to its enforcement role. When the
floods hit, people had to rely on themselves to survive; privatised
services, delivery systems broke down, order broke down. Those who best
survived were those who had the guns to impose their will on those around
them. It's interesting to note the State was unable to respond until the
armed forces were brought in to distribute aid and reassert their authority
by quickly curtailing the activities of those elements in society who were
filling the power vacuum created by the State's inability to act.

It's quite possible we are witnessing the end of the privatisation
experiment. It's obvious that it's not possible for private organisations
to deliver services and make a profit, without cheating those they are
contracted to provide services for. We are drawing to the end of an era, an
era that has seen the gains made by ordinary people during the 20th century,
lost in a fire sale of State assets to the private sector.

Governments like the Bush administration that ignore this lesson, do so at
their own peril. The private sector has never been able to deliver services
equitably; to ignore these lessons is a recipe for disaster as we are
witnessing in Mississippi and Louisiana for unnecessary human suffering and
misery.

HOWARD'S SPAWN
Brogden's suicide attempt was an attempted political assassination. The New
South Wales Liberal Party has been in a midst of a power struggle which has
resulted in quasi religious totalitarians dominating both the Young Liberals
and the parliamentary Liberal Party. The fourth estate was the instrument
that was used to carry out Brogden's attempted assassination. Within hours
of Brogden's suicide attempt, Abbott the Federal Health Minister - the quasi
religious rights mentor, was dancing on Brogden's hospital bed.

These people are dangerous not because they want to impose their one
dimensional monosyllabic view of the world on everyone else by capturing
government and using the State apparatus to impose their will on people who
disagree with their moral agenda. Their totalitarian ideology and the
methods they use to impose that ideology are reminiscent of the tactics that
were used by the Nazi's and the fascists to seized State power. They are
not conservatives, they are ideological fascists.

It's ironic that the quasi conservatives used a racist statement made by
Brogden at a private function and his boorish behaviour at the same
function, to feed the fourth estate the crumbs that were needed to bring him
down. It's ironic that this same mob is putting motion after motion at
Liberal Party State conferences that support institutional racism, sexism
and fascism.

The new NSW Opposition Leader Peter Debnam is a hostage of the quasi
religious bigots. He owes his numbers to David Clarke, the leader of the
quasi religious bigots in the NSW parliament. He has now become the King
maker and hopes to be able to use his influence in the Party to have his
authoritarian one dimensional moral agenda both incorporated into the
parliamentary Liberal Party's policy agenda and if elected these policies
will be included in its legislative agenda.

If they treat their own in such an inhumane and brutal fashion, can you
imagine what will happen to those in the community who don't follow their
limp moral values? You've guessed it; they'll use all the power at their
disposal to impose their moral viewpoints on those who don't fit their moral
straight jacket. Won't it be exciting having our very own Taliban in power?
This time they will be using the Bible not the Koran to justify their
authoritarian outrages.

HOW DID THEY GET IT SO WRONG?
In an age of mass communication, it's hard to know why it has taken the
fourth estate so long to get out the 'Katrina' story. The relentless march
of the hurricane was documented in monotonous detail. The reporters that
were left in the area were able to post out pictures as the sea rose. The
reporting in the days following the hurricane was almost non existent until
stories about 'looting' made the headlines.

The plight of the tens of thousands of people left in New Orleans was
ignored. It's hard to understand how this could have happened when
satellite technology is available that can allow the US government to target
an individual standing behind a brick wall in Afghanistan. The US
administration has access to information at its fingertips. It could if it
wanted to, have beamed images around the world. Incredibly the American Red
Cross was denied entry into the flooded areas to provide aid for the victims
because those 'handling' the crisis wanted to force people to leave the
area.

If the fourth estate is the eyes and ears of the people, it's hard to
understand how they could not have known what was going on. The reporters
in the field would have known what was happening. Were editorial decisions
made to keep a lid on news? Did the Bush administration pressure the media
to place an embargo on news from the worst affected areas? Was this a news
story that the US administration didn't want anybody to hear about? I don't
expect we'll ever know the full extent of censorship that was imposed on
news coming out of the disaster zone.

What we need to understand is that news is not value free. It just doesn't
appear in your newspapers, on your TV screens and on the radio. It is
fashioned, refashioned, moulded and remoulded to suit the prevailing
ideological concerns of those who seize power. The control of the
dissemination of information is, despite access to mass communication
technology, a continuing concern when the means communication are owned and
controlled by a rapidly decreasing number of people pushing the same
conservative agenda.

DIRGE
Terry Lane's dirge for Telstra ('Telstra's Now About Dollars not Sense' -
Sunday Age 4/9) highlights the role national institutions play in the
formation of a community. Although Lane's proposition that the creators of
the Commonwealth understood that the unity of the nation was based on the
ability of governments to create national institutions is incorrect, his
assertion that cross subsidization is integral to the creation of a
community is right.

National institutions like Telstra, the Commonwealth Bank, Qantas, Medicare
and the ABC were created as a result of ordinary people through
demonstrations, strikes and the electoral process demanding that the
governments they elected provided them with services that the private sector
were incapable or unwilling to provide. Cross subsidization by the more
well off members of society, those in more densely populated areas and
through the government of the day using revenue gained through taxation to
meet any shortfall, gave every member of the community the opportunity to
access essential services they would never have been able to access in an
open competitive market.

The privatisation of what remains of Telstra is neither about dollars nor
sense, it is primarily about ideology. The Howard government and previous
Labor governments penchant for privatising public institutions has created a
climate that has transformed Australia from a community of citizens who
enjoyed both rights and responsibilities, to a collection of consumers who
are only interested in finding the best bargain for themselves.

The current rush to sell off what is left of Telstra, highlights that as far
as policy in Howard's Australia is concerned, the fairies at the bottom of
the Democrats garden concerned about the ability of the Democrats to provide
them with long term accommodation, have packed up their bags and have moved
to the National Party's paddocks and the Liberal Party's corporate city
offices.

PATHETIC!!
It seems that Australia's high income earners only pay about 25% of their
income in taxes. Although high income earners can be divided into 2 groups
- those who generate their income through wages and those who generate their
income through investments - both groups can, by taking advantage of
Australia's generous tax laws for the rich, structure their affairs so they
pay less tax than people who earn much less than they do.

The call for a flat rate of taxation would have little if any impact on high
income earners unless changes in Australia's taxation laws remove the gates
in the taxation fence that have been created for the rich. Flat proposals
under the current taxation laws would hit those Australians on medium and
low incomes whose incomes are subsidised by the State through taxation
incentives. The problem in Australia isn't one of high wages; it's a
problem or relatively low wages in relation to household expenses.
Australian wages are so low and taxation levels are so high for medium and
low income earners, the government is currently forced to step in and
provide subsidies so people can meet their expenses.

Real tax reform can be achieved relatively simple. Instead of forcing
people to jump through a series of expensive bureaucratic hurdles to access
government subsidies, instead of introducing legislation to bring in an
illusory flat tax rate that will largely effect medium and low income
earners, the best way to achieve tax reform is by dramatically lifting the
threshold when people initially begin to pay tax.

Once this measure has been put in place, consideration could be given to
removing the tax shelters that follow the rich in Australia to structure
their affairs so they pay minimal tax and introduce tax rates that force
them to contribute their fair share to the national coffers.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. Would an anarchist society rise from the ashes of the old?
A. Yes and no. Whether an anarchist society rises Phoenix, like from the
ashes of the old, is dependent to a large degree on the influence that
anarchists had in the old society. The destruction of a society through
armed conflict or a natural disaster isn't the best recipe for the creation
of an egalitarian community. People trying to survive will do whatever it
takes to survive. In such a situation, they are willing to tolerate the
loss of whatever freedoms they enjoyed for survival.
How people organise and who fill the power vacuum that is created, is
related to what disciplinary elements of the old society are left and the
role opposition forces played in that community before disaster struck.
People will not 'naturally' adopt libertarian forms of organisation and
create an egalitarian community as a direct result of a disaster. They may
be forced to temporarily adopt collective forms of organisation to survive;
a new group may, through its access to weapons, be able to impose its will
on the community. Poorly fed, fear stricken people don't have much interest
in anything else than the amelioration of the situation they find themselves
in. How this occurs is of little interest to them.
Radical egalitarian social change is more likely to occur in a dual power
situation - a situation when more and more people in a community have
adopted anarchist forms of organisation and are forming parallel
institutional structures within the community they work and live in, than it
is to occur as a result of as catastrophic event. The chaos, insecurity and
death and destruction that occurs as a result of a catastrophic event or a
prolonged war is more likely to lead to a situation where armed groups are
able to impose their will on the people who are victims of these events than
the people themselves seizing power and creating an egalitarian community
where the people involved in a decision make that decision and use the
common wealth to make their decisions a reality.

ACTION BOX
657,000
I'm afraid the author of the 'Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy' is wrong; the
meaning of life isn't 22 or was that 32 or possibly another two digit
number, the meaning of life is 657,000. 657,000? Yes, give or take a few
hundred hours because of leap years. That is the amount of time you'll be
spending on planet Earth if you are lucky enough to live 75 years. If you
divide those years by a third to take into account the number of hours
asleep, that leaves you with 438,000 hours. Seems a lot of time until you
take out the hours you need to look after your human needs - bathing,
eating, drinking, evacuating your bowels and bladder dressing and undressing
would, if you take 2 hours a day, cut off another 60,000 hours from your
life, that leaves you with 378,000 hours of life to enjoy. Enjoy? Well
unfortunately most people work in boring, monotonous jobs that don't do much
except help to bolster the fortunes of someone else. All those people who
go to work in order to make enough money to get by and who dream and
fantasise about 'their' weekend have only 169,000 hours to try to find about
the meaning of life.
169,000 hours yes, remove the time sleeping, working and what needs to be
done to keep your body together, that leaves you with a grand total of
around 170,000 hours. Not much time if you think about it. That is unless
you've found 'God' and think about your time on Earth as a dress rehearsal
because you're going to live forever in God's glory - that is if you do the
right thing by God, if you don't eternal damnation doesn't sound like a
pretty scenario to me.
The rest of us godless heathens still have the problem of those 170,000
hours. Let's say we spend 10 hours a weekend slumped in front of the TV set
filling in time by watching whatever turns up on TV land, that takes care of
another 40,000 hours and leaves us with 130,000 hours to kill. If you take
out the time you spend travelling, let's say 2 hours a day, which takes care
of another 55,000 hours, which leaves you with a grand total of 77,000 to do
what you like. When you throw in a few other bits and pieces, conversations
and relationships, you can half that time. You are now left with 37,000
hours to enjoy you life. If you take out the time you spend shopping, going
to the doctors and the time you will be spending in bed sick, that 37,000
hours can be quickly whittled away to less than 10,000 hours, not much time
when you think about it. If you want to do the mathematics, that is about
20 minutes a day give or take a minute or 2.
Why have I taken you on this poorly calculated mathematical odyssey? Simply
to alert you to the simple proposition that one of the greatest problems we
face as individuals and as a society are the time bandits in our midst -
people and organisations who steal our limited time on this planet to
pauperise us and enrich themselves. Isn't it time we did something to get
these bandits off our backs and begin to use the limited time we have to
enrich ourselves, not everybody else?

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
'TRADITIONS'
Traditions come and go, expand, contract, disappear and rekindle the
imagination of a new generation. The Eureka rebellion is many things to
many people. The facts surrounding the rebellion have been moulded,
remoulded, fashioned and refashioned to suit the political, social and
cultural agenda of those who exercise power. In 2002 the 'Anarchist Media
Institute' decided to 'Reclaim the Radical Spirit of the Eureka Rebellion'
from those who had stripped it off its significance. We did this by
reviewing the historical record available and pinpointing the essence of the
rebellion.
We believe that the radical spirit of the Eureka rebellion is summed up in
principles that encapsulate the essence of anarchism - DIRECT ACTION, DIRECT
DEMOCRACY, SOLIDARITY AND INTERNATIONALISM. Decisions leading up to the
rebellion were made by mass meetings that were held at Bakery Hill;
delegates were elected or appointed to carry out those decisions - DIRECT
DEMOCRACY. People took up arms to defend the inalienable rights and
liberties they believed they had - DIRECT ACTION. People came together,
stood by each other and exercised those rights and liberties they believed
they should be able to enjoy - SOLIDARITY. People from all corners of the
globe, of all races and colours came together to fight for those rights and
liberties - INTERNATIONALISM.
This year on Saturday 3rd December, we encourage you to join us in a series
of events to mark the 151st anniversary of the Eureka rebellion celebrations
beginning at 4.00am!! Yes 4.00am at Eureka Park near the Eureka monument at
the corner of Eureka and Stawell St, Ballarat.
We meet, form a large circle and while we wait for daybreak, the people who
have come, talk about why they are there and what it means to them. The
dawn ceremony is followed by a communal breakfast (bring your own food and
drinks).
At 10am we walk to Bakery Hill to reaffirm the Eureka oath 'We swear by the
Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights
and liberties'.
At 10.30am the 'Anarchist Media Institute' will be awarding Eureka Australia
Day medals to 10 people born or living in Australia who through their
actions have kept the Eureka spirit alive. We will then walk to the Old
Ballarat cemetery to acknowledge those miners and soldiers (workers at
either end of the bayonet) who were killed at Eureka and whose remains now
lie in the Old Ballarat cemetery.
We'll then walk through the centre of Ballarat back to Eureka Park for a
communal lunch (bring your own food & drinks) and conversation. We are
usually finished by 4pm. You can take part in whatever part of the
celebrations you wish or participate in the whole 12 hours. We encourage
all those Australians who want to 'Reclaim the Radical Spirit of the Eureka
Rebellion' to join us and use the past to understand the present and change
the future.
JOIN US AT EUREKA PARK AT 4.00am ON SATURDAY 3RD DECEMBER TO MARK THE 151ST
ANNIVERSARY OF THE EUREKA REBELLION.

BOOK REVIEW
'INTO THE WADI' - Michele DROUARD, Fremantle Arts Centre Press 2000, ISBN 1
86368 2759
'Into The Wadi' attempts to draw the reader into a world most of us have
little knowledge about. The culture is different; the emotional responses
seem very familiar. The landscape is foreign, the inside of the houses seem
the same.
I initially picked up this book thinking it was an autobiography. I was
interested in seeing how a non Muslim Australian woman coped with living in
a village in Jordan married to a Muslim man who is leading a traditional
life. It didn't take me long to realise this was not an autobiography but a
carefully drafted memoir based on personal knowledge. Can an observer write
about another living culture? It's one thing to create another universe;
it's another thing entering an established culture. I don't know much about
the author's personal experiences, I don't know if she has successfully
penetrated the other world she talks about.
I know she has attempted to deal with the paradox facing her by placing the
action in 3 separate locations - Fremantle in Australia, a university in
South Carolina in the US and the village of Kufr Soum in Jordan. Girl meets
boy in university in South Carolina, girl moves in with boy to live a
traditional life in a village in Jordan near the Syrian border Kufr Soum,
girl returns to live in Perth. A glimpse into what is real and what is
fiction can be gleaned from an entry at the front of this 380 page book.
'To protect the people concerned, the names of the characters in this book
are fictional, although the scenes and events presented here are
reconstructed from personal experience and from memory'.
This is Michele Drouard's first book, I don't know if she's written another
one, many authors have only one story to tell, their own. Once it's on
paper, they don't need to write anything else. 'Into The Wadi' gives a
sensitive and understanding insight into a culture and a life most
Australians know nothing about. Michele Drouard's insights, personal
recollections and memories teach us that irrespective of our cultural
backgrounds and our religious beliefs or lack of them, we have much more in
common than most of us realise.
The book retails for around AUD$20.00, try your local ABC bookstore for a
copy, if they can't order one in try Fremantle Arts Centre Press, P.O. Box
158, North Fremantle 6159 and ask them if they know where you can get hold
of a copy.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
There are moments in time when one event can puncture the complacency of a
lifetime. The Louisiana and Mississippi floods could turn out to be an
event that shakes the bull mastiff hold that corporate capitalism has on the
public imagination.
To date, every sign that society can't keep on producing commodities to
create ever increasing profits for a decreasing number of people,
irrespective of the human and social costs, has been ignored. Melting
glaziers, the disappearing Siberian permafrost, increasing greenhouse
emissions, the ozone hole and massive deforestation have all been dismissed.
Scientific data has been ignored; the globalization juggernaut keeps rolling
on, the consumer goods created the soma for a population that equates
consumerism with security.
In one devastating moment the certainties of an eon have been dashed. The
expectations that we are the masters of our destiny have been shown to be
illusory. The manufactured consensus created by a sycophantic fourth estate
has been punctured by the jagged reality of mass destruction. The bloated
corpses in the first world - a stark reminder that no-one is immune to
natural realities. Most importantly of all, the assumptions that global
capitalism are based on, lay shattered in the public imagination. Levees
can be temporarily rebuilt; cities can be rehabilitated but public
confidence in the mantra that 'production for productions sake and profit
for profits sake' will never again capture the public imagination.
The doubt lingers on, long after the images disappear from the plasma
screens. The inherent contradictions that underline the assumptions that
globalization and corporatisation are based on, have been washed onto the
shores of public opinion by the fury of Hurricane Katrina. Only time will
tell whether we as individuals and a people choose to heed the warning bells
or lemming like rush into the abyss holding onto our plasma screens.

STOP PRESS
'NEWS'
The big news that is currently grabbing media attention is the outbreak of
looting that is occurring in Mississippi and Louisiana after hurricane
Katrina. It seems that the 'assault' on abandoned, private property by
people who are reduced to taking what they need to survive, is just the
diversion that is needed to keep the public's mind away from the role the
United States government has played in the disaster.
It's important to remember that the majority of people who have died in this
man made catastrophe were those who were too destitute to afford a ticket or
had a car to get out before the hurricane hit. When the bodies are finally
counted, it will turn out to be the poorest citizens in Mississippi and
Louisiana who have borne the brunt of the rising greenhouse emissions
created by the developed world. Looting by survivors is a logical response
to the situation they find themselves in. Locked out of the 'good' life,
forced to live a hand to mouth existence for generations, this is one way
they believe they can achieve justice in a world that has continued to deny
them justice.
The tragedy about this sorry saga is the failure of government in the United
States at local, State and Federal level to make contingency plans to deal
with the possible threat this part of the country was faced with. What is
even more tragic is the US government's inability to make arrangements to
evacuate those who didn't have the necessary cash in their pockets to leave.
The lack of planning, the pitiful response in the days following the
hurricane is hard to fathom. What has happened isn't an 'act of God'; the
woeful manner in which this disaster has been managed is linked to US
government policies that have made the rich richer and the poor poorer.
This has occurred as a result of decreasing amounts of State revenue being
invested in public infrastructure, services and in the US people.
It is a tragedy that those who are bearing the brunt of the Bush
administration's overseas adventurism and their domestic policies, are the
very same people who have been targeted by Bush and his neo conservative
allies.
The destruction that has occurred, and the inability of government to deal
with the mess their policies have helped to create, may galvanise people to
seek practical, social and political solutions that go beyond electoral
politics. The death and destruction that has been caused by hurricane
Katrina may be just the catalyst that is needed to bring the international
capitalist and globalisation juggernaut to a grinding halt, not just in the
US but in the rest of the world.

Joseph TOSCANO / Libertarian Workers
For A Self-Managed Society.


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Pres G W Bush has linked the war in Iraq to oil for the 1ST time. Speaking
on the USS Ronald Reagan, Pres Bush said the Iraqi oil industry, already
suffering from sabotage & lost revenues, mustn't fall under the control of
Osama bin Laden & al-Qaida forces led in Iraq by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. "If
Zarqawi & bin Laden gain control of Iraq, they'd create a new training
ground for future terrorist attacks," he said. "They'd seize oil fields to
fund their ambitions. They'd recruit more terrorists by claiming a historic
victory over the US & our coalition." Pres Bush didn't investigate the
question of whether Zarqaqi & bin Laden would've been able to seize control
of Iraq or claim victory if the war hadn't occured. (Source: The Guardian
[UK])
The CIA fabricated evidence of terrorism for political purposes in the '80s,
acc to a ex snr UK police officer. The retired officer - of assistant chief
constable rank or higher - has testified the CIA planted the tiny fragment
of circuit board crucial in convicting a Libyan for the 1989 Lockerbie
bombing, which killed 270 people. The police chief, whose identity hasn't
yet been revealed, gave the statement to lawyers representing Abdelbaset Ali
Mohmed Al Megrahi, currently serving a life sentence in Greenock Prison. The
officer is supporting earlier claims by a ex CIA agent that his bosses
"wrote the script" to incriminate Libya. The vital evidence that linked the
bombing of Pan Am 103 to Megrahi was a tiny fragment of circuit board which
investigators found in a wooded area many miles from Lockerbie months after
the atrocity. The fragment was later identified by the FBI's Thomas Thurman
as being part of a sophisticated timer device used to detonate explosives &
manufactured by the Swiss firm Mebo, which supplied it only to Libya & the
East German Stasi. At one time, Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence agent, was
such a regular visitor to Mebo that he'd his own office in the firm's
headquarters. The fragment of circuit board therefore enabled Libya - &
Megrahi - to be placed at the heart of the investigation. However, Thurman
was later unmasked as a fraud who'd given false evidence in US murder trials
& it emerged he'd little in the way of scientific qualifications. Then, in
03, a retired CIA officer gave a statement to Megrahi's lawyers in which he
alleged evidence had been planted. The 1st suspects in the case were the
Syrian-led Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command
(PFLP-GC), a terrorist group funded by the Iranian govt. But the 1st Gulf
War altered diplomatic relations with Middle East nations & Libya became the
pariah state. Libya & its dictator Col Gaddafi, were given a similar role in
the US media in the 80s to that given to Iraq & Saddam Hussein in the period
leading up to the current war. Doubts were 1st fuelled when internal
documents emerged from the offices of the US Defence Intelligence Agency.
Dated 1994, more than 2yrs after the Libyans were identified to the world as
the bombers, they still described the PFLP-GC as the Lockerbie bombers.
(Source: The Scotsman [UK])
Tax & welfare changes would mean disabled people & single parents were
effectively paying a higher rate of tax than millionaires, acc to new
research. Research by the Nat'l Centre for Social & Economic Modelling has
found, if the govt adopts its proposal to cut the top tax rate to 35%, the
average take-home pay for the richest 10% of households would increase by up
to $161 a week. 8 out of 10 Aust families would receive no benefit. Centre
director Prof Ann Harding said "changes at the top end are being
contemplated at the same time the disabled & sole parents are going to see
major cuts in their income thru the welfare-to-work changes." "Under the
proposed welfare-to-work changes, many disabled people & sole parents will
be facing effective tax rates of 65 to 75%, obviously much higher than the
current top marginal tax rate of 48.5% including the Medicare levy."
(Source: The Age)
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "Laws: We know what they are & what they are worth!
They're spider webs for the rich & mighty, steel chains for the poor & weak,
fishing nets in the hands of govt." Pierre-Joseph Proudhon.

ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Awarded to the corporate juggernaut for their King Canute like performance
when faced with the realities of their handiwork.

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
'THE CERTAINTIES OF AN EON CAN BE WASHED AWAY IN SECONDS'
- Joseph Toscano 2005

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EUREKA 151ST ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
Join us
4am Saturday 3rd December 2005 at
The site the battle took place
Eureka park (Stawell and Eureka Street Ballarat)
4am Dawn ceremony
7-10am Communal breakfast (bring your own food and drinks)
10am March to Bakery Hill to retake the Eureka oath.
10.30am Presentation of Eureka Australia Day Medal at Bakery Hill - 10
Medals will be awarded
11.30am March to Ballarat cemetery to pay our respects to the workers at
either end of a bayonet who died during the eureka rebellion
12.30pm March back to Eureka Park through the centre of Ballarat. Late lunch
& conversational for those participating who are still able to stand up (BYO
food & drinks).

DIRECT DEMOCRACY NOT PARLIAMENTARY RULE
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EUREKA AUSTRALIA DAY MEDAL
****** NOMINATIONS CLOSE 30TH SEPTEMBER 2005 ******
Know someone who was born or lives in Australia who you believe should be
honoured for their efforts to create a better and fairer world. Then
nominate them for the
EUREKA AUSTRALIA DAY MEDAL
ON THE 3rd DECEMBER, THE ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE WILL BE HONOURING TEN
(10) PEOPLE WITH A EUREKA AUSTRALIA DAY MEDAL AT BAKERY HILL - BALLARAT
(The site where the Eureka Oath was taken 151 years ago)
WE NEED YOUR NOMINATIONS. Send them to:
EUREKA AUSTRALIA DAY MEDAL
P.O. BOX 5035, ALPHINGTON 3078, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.
Or Email your nomination to: anarchistage@yahoo.com
Tell us why you've nominated that person and send us your contact details so
we can contact you in case we need further information about your choices.

**** EUREKA BANNERS / FLAGS APPEAL ****
($1,500 NEEDED)
Graeme Dunstan, the lantern maker for the Eureka Dawn Walk, has designed a
number of Eureka flags and banners we can use to celebrate forthcoming
anniversaries of the Eureka rebellion at Ballarat on 3rd December.
The designs can be accessed from our website <<anarchistmedia.org>>
These flags and banners will form an important part of the march from the
Eureka stockade site to Bakery Hill to the cemetery and back to the Eureka
stockade site. We have launched an appeal to raise the $1500 needed to make
these flags and banners. Send cheques and money orders made out to:
LIBERTARIAN WORKERS, P.O. BOX 20 PARKVILLE 3052, VIC, AUSTRALIA with a note
saying you want the money to go towards the Eureka flags and banners The
flags & banners will give the 'long march' the visual component it currently
lacks.
Want to have a look at what you're sending in your money to make to be used
at the 151st anniversary of the Eureka rebellion then log onto

http://www.peacebus.com/FlagDesigns/
RECEIVED SO FAR $550.00 - $950.00 TO GO
******* THE SITUATION IS NOW BECOMING CRITICAL WITH ONLY 4 MONTHS TO GO
BEFORE THE 3RD DECEMBER. WE HAVE ONLY MANAGED TO RAISE $550.00.
If you're coming to Ballarat to join the Anarchist Media Institute Eureka
Celebrations - Give us a hand to raise the required funds for the banners
*******

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