Dear Australians and New Zealanders
As you may know, every year on Anzac Day, 25 April, the Australian and New Zealand Embassies, with the generous support of the Warsaw Garrison, have traditionally held a public Anzac Day ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw. The ceremony has been well-attended by representatives of the Polish Government, the diplomatic community, veterans’ groups, and the local Australian and New Zealand community.
Spotkanie Marszałek Sejmu z Ambasadorem Australii
We wtorek 9 lutego wizytę u marszałek Sejmu Elżbiety Witek złożył ambasador Związku Australijskiego Lloyd David Hargreave Brodrick. W trakcie rozmowy poruszono m.in. tematy bezpieczeństwa i współpracy gospodarczej. Rozmówcy wyrazili przekonanie, iż niezależnie od odległości geograficznej, Polskę i Australię łączą wspólne wartości demokratyczne oraz interesy strategiczne w dziedzinie bezpieczeństwa, w tym przywiązanie do porządku międzynarodowego opartego na prawie oraz silne więzi sojusznicze z USA.
Australian Union Day
History of Australian unions What is a union? Unions are the organisations that workers create when they come together to get a fair go at work. When you are in a union you always know that someone has your back. Unions reflect the fact that workers are stronger when they stick together. Throughout Australia’s history, unions have given working people a voice in their workplaces, but also in broader society. If you believe in the fair go and a better deal for working people, then join your union today. The origins of Australia’s union movement: 1791 – 1900 The British invasion and colonisation of Australia was based upon the violent displacement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from their land. From the outset, the Indigenous owners resisted this colonisation by the British. Early colonial life was underpinned by the transportation of convicts to Australia to serve terms of imprisonment and to be used as forced labour. The convicts were subject to brutal conditions and strict punishment if they stepped out of line. But harsh conditions create rebels. As early as 1791 there is evidence of convicts taking strike action to demand that their rations be distributed weekly. The most substantial act of convict resistance came in 1804 when a group of deportees, mostly from Ireland, launched an all-out rebellion in New South Wales. Inspired by the Irish independence movement, these convicts broke from their imprisonment and planned an armed uprising. They gathered at Rouse Hill, which they renamed Vinegar Hill in tribute to one of the most famous battles during the Irish revolution of 1798. The Australian Vinegar Hill rebels experienced a similar fate to their Irish counterparts, crushed by British military might. But it was clear that colonial authorities could not ill-treat the convicts without fear of reaction. Indigenous resistance and convict mutiny established a tradition of opposition to power and privilege in Australia. As the economy grew in the 1820s a recognisable working class formed and began to add to this rebellious legacy. In 1824 coopers went on strike, using a picket line for the first time in the country. In 1829 typographers on the Australian newspaper struck for higher wages. Workers in other trades soon followed: bakers, shoemakers, carpenters, seamen, and even whalers. All protested low wages and poor conditions by banding together and withdrawing their labour. Colonial authorities were outraged at this impertinence and sought to keep working people in “their place”. In 1828 New South Wales introduced its Masters’ and Servants Act, under which the refusal to work could end in prosecution. In the 1830s labourers formed societies to represent their interests. These weren’t quite unions as we know them today. They were much smaller, usually having only 20 – 60 members, and were mainly concerned with pooling funds to protect against sickness and unemployment. Between 1830 and 1850 around twenty workers’ societies were founded in Sydney and about a dozen in Melbourne. Though not massive in number they started an important trend of working people coming together to protect their own interests. This reached a new level in the 1850s. The Gold Rush of that decade saw an explosion of wealth in the colony of Victoria and a mass migration down under. Many of these new migrants had been activists in the British labour movement or the Irish independence struggle. They came seeking greater freedom and the opportunity to make a fortune under new skies. The reality did not always match expectation. Miners on the gold fields, the diggers, were soon disaffected by colonial rule. Miners could not own the land that they worked and were at constant threat of eviction. They were forced to purchase an expensive license issued by the police at often extortionate rates. More …. Score: https://www.actu.org.au/about-the-actu/history-of-australian-unions
Ambasador Australii z wizytą w krakowskim magistracie
Gospodarka i pandemia COVID-19 były głównymi tematami pierwszej oficjalnej wizyty Ambasadora Australii Lloyda Brodricka w Krakowie, która odbyła się w dniu 29 września 2020 r. Ambasador Brodrick swoją misję w Polsce rozpoczął w październiku 2019 r. Małopolskę odwiedzał już wcześniej, uczestnicząc m.in. w uroczystościach rocznicowych w byłym obozie Auschwitz-Birkenau i zwiedzając nasze miasto wraz z rodziną.
Wizyta ambasadora Australii w Instytucie Pamięci Narodowej
Dr Mateusz Szpytma, zastępca prezesa IPN, spotkał się w siedzibie Instytutu z ambasadorem Australii w Polsce Lloydem Brodrickiem. Spotkanie odbyło się z inicjatywy strony australijskiej. Ambasador Brodrick, zainteresowany historią Polski i specyfiką działalności IPN, zadał wiele pytań o zakres, charakter i sposób funkcjonowania instytucji.