From the Communist Party of Australia’s Guardian 16.8.06
Sydney saluted Fidel in grand style as hundreds upon hundreds filled Petersham Town Hall full to overflowing. On a theme of “the revolution lives on!” those present wished Comrade Fidel a happy birthday and a speedy recovery.
Eating luscious South American food, they enjoyed a multicultural program of entertainment in English, Spanish, Arabic, Greek, Farsi and Kurdish.
Bob Treasure, a long-time activist in the Australia-Cuba Friendship Society and member of the Executive of the NSW Teachers’ Federation, delivered a stirring speech expounding Cuba’s achievements in health and education. Bob decried the lies of the media and spoke of the brave struggle of the Cuban people — led by Fidel — in defending their socialist revolution.
The organising committee gave a special welcome to. Nélida Hernández Carmona the Consul General and Consul Ifrahim Miranda León. They also thanked Greens Mayor Sam Byrne and the Petersham Local Council for making the facilities available.