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Tuesday, 5 December 2017
Page: 9657

Senator BERNARDI (South Australia) (15:42): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that 3 December 2017 marked 163 years since the Eureka Stockade rebellion of 1854;

(b) recognises the Eureka Stockade as the birthplace of the Australian spirit of mateship signified by the term 'diggers', a term which was later adopted by Anzac soldiers in World War I;

(c) further notes that the Eureka Stockade signified a victory of self-reliant individuals over big government, corruption, arbitrary licensing and excessive taxation;

(d) rejects the attempt by some unions to rewrite history and usurp the Southern Cross or Eureka flag and rebellion as representative of militant unionism; and

(e) calls upon the Government to promote the historical observance of the Eureka Stockade and ensure an accurate representation of its true historical context.