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Monday, 26 November 2012
Page: 13297

Battle of Eureka

Debate resumed on the motion by Dr Leigh:

That this House:

(1) recognises that:

(a) the Battle of Eureka:

   (i) was a key moment in Australian democracy;

   (ii) called for basic democratic rights, including broadening the franchise and removing the property qualification to stand for the Legislative Council;

   (iii) inspired subsequent movements in Australian history, including female suffrage and the Australian Republican Movement; and

   (iv) demanded changes to make mining taxation more equitable, with the revenue to be spent on improvements to local infrastructure; and

(b) the importance of the Battle of Eureka is to be commemorated by the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka in Ballarat, partly funded by the Australian Government in recognition of its national significance; and

(2) encourages all Australians to remember and respect the Battle of Eureka by:

(a) visiting the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka to learn about the history of the Battle of Eureka and its effect on modern democracy; and

(b) flying the Eureka Flag on 3 December each year in its memory.