||Issue No. 248||26 November 2004|
Interview: The Reich Stuff
Economics: Crime and Punishment
Environment: Beyond The Wedge
International: The End Of The Lucky Country
Safety: Tests Fail Tests
Politics: Labo(u)r Day
Human Rights: Arabian Lights
History: Labour's Titan
Review: Foxy Fiasco
Poetry: Then I Saw The Light
The Locker Room
Pee Pole Shame
Latham Is A Scapegoat
Southern Cross Flies High
The defining moment that shaped Australian working class politics will be celebrated with a series of events that are expected to draw large crowds.
The trade union movement has been heavily involved with commemorating the historic occasion when Australians first rallied under the banner of the Southern Cross with a number of activities scheduled over a week of celebrations.
The Eureka stockade was a "significant event in the history of both the trade union movement and the movement for democracy," says Andrea Maksimovic from the Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC). "Nearly 150 years ago, a defining moment in Australia's working class history occurred: the Eureka Rebellion.
"Today, the Eureka spirit lives on, inspiring a sense of a 'fair go' in all Australian workers.
"The Eureka Rebellion goes to the core of what trade unionism is about: - the right to be heard; the right to oppose tyranny and oppression; to put all on the line and stand together for what you believe in.
"All members of the community are invited to participate in a range of events to be held between the 22nd of November and the 5th of December."
The lasting symbol from the Eureka rebellion is the distinctive "southern cross" flag the miners fought under.
"The Eureka flag is a potent symbol for such struggles and the reason many unions identify so closely with it," says Maksimovic. "The union movement has no monopoly ownership of the Eureka flag. It is the people's flag, but unionists closely identify with its history and what it represents."
Highlights of events scheduled for the week include:
Monday 29 November 11.00am Haymarket Roundabout (top end of Elizabeth St) Melbourne City Council/ Trade Union hoisting of giant Eureka Flag. 2.00pm Union Commemoration Event Flag raising Federation Square. Simultaneous flag raising at Bakery Hill, Ballarat, Latrobe Valley at 2pm.
Thursday 2nd December - evening 'A Night Under the Southern Cross' at the Eureka Compound, Ballarat.
Friday 3rd December -- Dawn ceremony at Eureka Compound 10.30am Ballarat Building Unions Picnic (brought forward from Monday 6 December) at compound. Band, Jump Castle, BYO.
Sat 4th December - - 2.00pm March the route of the Diggers at Ballarat.
150th Anniversary of Eureka Rebellion 2004
On Sunday 28th November Sydney will celebrate Eureka Stockade with a forum and concert at the NSW Writers' Centre in Rozelle.
The day will start with a morning forum on the significance of Eureka with two guest speakers. One will be Dr Anne Beggs Sunter, Ballarat authority on the history of the Victorian goldfields and the Eureka Stockade. The other is Sydney historian Bob Walshe. Bob was secretary of the 1954 Sydney centenary celebration of Eureka and has been promoting the importance of Eureka in Australian history since that time.
In the afternoon there will be a Eureka150 concert based on historical and contemporary themes of Eureka. It will feature well-known artists including Lyn Collingwood, Alex Hood, Carole Skinner and John Dengate They will be backed by New Theatre and the voices of the Sydney Trade Union Choir.
The $10 charge for the day includes morning tea and a sausage sizzle lunch.
For further information contact
Bob Walshe - 9528 0444; fax 9528 4445
Paula Bloch - 9665 0559; Email [email protected]
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