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EurekaSydney is having a Defend Democracy Dinner on Saturday evening, December 2 at the South Sydney Leagues Club, 265 Chalmers St. Redfern. This date is the eve of the 152nd anniversary of the Eureka Rebellion on December 3, 1854 when so much was achieved for Australian democracy. Our theme, “Defending Democracy”, has been chosen because of concern about the decline of democracy under the Howard Government.
Susan Ryan, AO, former Minister for Education and Women’s Affairs in the Hawke Government, President of AIST and Chair of New Matilda’s Human Rights Committee, will be one of two distinguished guest speakers. She will speak on such parliamentary changes as the weakening of the Senate Committee system, the increase in Executive powers, the new restrictions on minor parties and the latitude allowed by the "War on Terror" to restrict the liberties of Australian citizens and genuine refugees seeking asylum in this country..
(dowload Susan Ryan speech) (dowload Human Rights Bill campaign booklet)
Dr John Buchanan, Director of the Workplace Research Centre at Sydney University, will focus more on the reduced rights of employees and unions under Howard's I.R. laws.
The M.C. for the evening will be Siobhan McHugh, a well known writer/broadcaster and author of books on Eureka, the Snowy Scheme and others.
John Dengate, Sydney singer/songwriter will provide entertainment.
Dinner will be served from 7 pm in the Show Biz Room where drinks can be purchased at the bar from 6.30pm. Speeches will commence around 8 pm