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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
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My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
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Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
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Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

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Save Medicare

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Archive for 'Invasion day'

A map: white Australia has a black history

Invasion Day

  Van T Rudd 2015.

Invasion Day: a day of mourning not celebration

While the Australian flag is draped everywhere, and the speeches sing the praises of this supposedly free, multicultural society, the Indigenous owners live day in and day out with the consequences of the racism rooted in the colonial project of occupation writes Sandra Bloodworth in Red Flag.

I won’t be singing Advance Australia Fair on Invasion Day

How about a collective flag burning across Australia at noon on Invasion Day to celebrate opposition to genocide, murder, rape, torture and slavery?

From invasion to resistance in Australia

Capitalism could not flourish without crushing the resistance of people who wanted to live differently, writes Tom O’Lincoln in Red Flag. That has been true in every corner of the globe. Private property, wage labour and the drive to accumulate capital were incompatible with Aboriginal society. That incompatibility was the basis of the genocide that followed.

Australia Day is Invasion Day

Australia Day perpetuates the country’s ‘founding’ racist myths and is part of the system that enslaves our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters and as a consequence, all of us here. It is Invasion Day. In the spirit of true reconciliation let’s abolish this celebration of genocide. Let’s instead celebrate the 65000 years of indigenous history and stewardship of this land. Recognise Aboriginal sovereignty, negotiate a treaty and pay the rent. It is time to fight for justice.

Nova Peris and the bankruptcy of Labor

A treaty, recognising prior ownership and sovereignty, paying the rent to the indigenous owners of the land and allowing Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders to run their own affairs is a set of systemic solutions to the systemic problems of dispossession and disempowerment, systemic solutions to the past and ongoing genocide against the indigenous peoples of this country.

That would require an attack on capital in Australia and its interests. Labor won’t do that. Far better from the point of view of Gillard as the captain of the second level of capital to pick Nova Peris to open the batting in the battle for the Senate than actually take on capital to address the real issues. Nova Peris will be a willing accomplice to Gillard’s anti-Aboriginal agenda.

The Invasion Day protests, the burgeoning Idle No More indigenous peoples’ movement in Canada which is spreading across the globe, the campaigns against the Intervention and deaths in custody, all offer an alternative approach to winning better lives for Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. They are movements from below, not machinations from above. That way lies the future, not one bum on one seat for a Gillard puppet in the Senate.

What’s to celebrate on Australia Day?

This pamphlet, written 75 years ago, appeals, in such blistering tone, to take “pause in the midst of your…rejoicings” and is well worth repeating on this, the 225th anniversary of invasion.

Australia Day

Without a left-wing political or industrial focus some of the exploited, the forgotten and the marginalised have turned to nationalism and its twin, racism, as crutches for the loss of working class community and working class strength in action.

White Australia has a black history

White Australia has a Black History 6 pm Thursday 4 February Room G 31 Copland Building Australian National University. Socialist Alternative Canberra.