Starving a colonised people has long been a favoured policy of imperial powers.
In his election victory speech, Labor Prime Minister Anthony Albanese committed his government to implement the Uluru Statement from the Heart in full. Three steps were proposed by the authors of that statement: first, a Voice to Parliament, second, a Makarrata Commission of truth-telling and, finally, a treaty between First Nations People and the Australian government. Twenty months later, Albanese’s election night promise has evaporated.
John Pilger was a writer, journalist and film maker who pulled no punches. His work was hard hitting and scathing about the rich and powerful, both in Australia and globally. Pilger died in London on 30 December of pulmonary fibrosis, aged 84.
This is an edited version of a speech delivered by Friends of Palestine WA chairperson Nick Everett at a rally in Perth on 21 October.
Ayman Qwaider was impassioned and determined when he addressed a rally of 5,000 people in Perth’s Supreme Court Gardens on 21 October. Looking out across a sea of faces, he told those gathered about the brutal crimes that Israel was committing against Palestinians in Gaza, where he had lived most of his life.
Esteban Volkov was just 13 when, in May 1940, Stalin’s assassins tried to kill him. Why? Because his grandfather was Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky.