On Friday 15 May 2015, the Australian Trade Union movement signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Federal Republic of West Papua, which includes supporting West Papua’s application for full membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group in June 2015.
Free West Papua supporters are warmly invited to join union secretaries and members at the Memorandum Signing Ceremony at Trades Hall (54 Victoria St, Carlton, Victoria) on Friday 15 May 2015 between 5.30 and 8.30pm.
Luke Halakari, Secretary of the Victoria Trades Hall Council, is hosting the ceremony, and Ms Ged Kearney, President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, is the key note speaker.
During the ceremony, Australian Catholic Bishop Hilton Deakin, is launching Dr Greg Poulgrain’s recently published ground-breaking claims that in 1961 CIA Director Allan Dulles organised for the assassination of UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskold (The Incubus of Intervention: conflicting Indonesia strategies of John F. Kennedy and Allen Dulles). Hammarskold’s assassination precluded his schedueled presentation to the UN General Assembly of his plan for West Papua’s imminent independence and self-determination.
The MOU affirms Australian union support for the right of West Papua to Self-determination, a plethora of internationally recognised rights over-ridden by the United Nations and Indonesian government between 1962 and 1969, and brutally repressed by President Suharto’s New Order regime and Indonesia’s so-called reformasi governments, including the current administration led by President Widodo.
The FRWP believes the Australian trade union movement is seeking to influence a change of Labour Party policy, from supporting Special Autonomy to a policy of Self-determination-and, consequently, Government Opposition support for West Papua’s application to join the Melanesian Spearhead Group in June 2015.
Photo: Peter Woods 2013