The Australia Venezuela Solidarity Network is inviting Hugo Chavez over for a “barbie”.
Dear President Chávez
We, the undersigned citizens of Australia, would like to extend a warm invitation for you to visit our country. We have watched developments in Venezuela with great interest. We have been impressed by the great effort that your government has taken to improve the living standards of the majority of Venezuelans. We have also noted with keen attention the moves that your government has begun to make to create a society based on popular participation in all spheres of society—from the workplace up to the national government.
Although we are on the opposite side of the globe we feel that our shared ideals of social justice and democracy bring us close together. Every country has its own traditions and culture and has to find its own solutions, but what Venezuela has been able to achieve in so little time will be a source of inspiration and ideas for many in Australia.
In this light we believe that a visit to our country by yourself would not only help to improve the awareness of the Australian people of developments in Venezuela, but also be an unparalleled opportunity to strengthen the ties of friendship and solidarity between our two peoples.
All signatures will be posted to Nelson Davila, Venezuela’s charge d’affaires in Australia, Canberra
Warren Mundine National President of the ALP in 2006
Dave Robinson Secretary, Unions WA
Lee Rhiannon Member of the Legislative Council NSW (Greens)
Sylvia Hale Member of the Legislative Council NSW (Greens)
John Pilger Independent Journalist
Tim Anderson Lecturer, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Sydney,
Dr Meredith Burgmann President of the Legislative Council of NSW
Kerry Nettle Australian Greens Senator for NSW
Jack Mundey Environmentalist
Dr Alastair Grieg Senior Lecturer Australian National University: Faculty of Arts Scott Poynting Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Education, UWS,
Phillip Adams Journalist, Republican of the Year 2005
Andrew Ferguson NSW Secretary, CFMEU Construction and General Division,
Antony Loewenstein Independent Journalist
Keysar Trad Islamic Friendship Association
Susan Price UNSW National Tertiary Education Union Branch President
Mick Baker MUA WA Organiser
Joel Asphar AMWU WA Organiser
Shelley Watson-Harris Executive Officer Unions WA
Clare Ozich Industrial Officer Unions WA
Brendan Hewson President, CPSU/CSA
Thirza White Campaign Coordinator, Unions WA,
Carolyn Smith Childcare Union Assistant Secretary WA LHMU
Ian Bray WA Assistant Branch secretary, MUA WA
Paul Halfpenny WA Organiser, NTEU
Mick Campion President, NTEU Murdoch Uni branch
Joe McDonald Assistant, Secretary, CFMEU WA
Jim Mellor Communications/Projects, CFMEU WA
Mick Buchan Organiser, CFMEU WA
Kevin, Ennor Organiser, CFMEU WA
Vinnie Molina Organiser, CFMEU WA
Graham Pallot Organiser, CFMEU WA
Jim Reid Organiser, CFMEU WA
Steve McCartney State PresidentAMWU WA
Keith Peckham Industrial Development Officer Unions WA
Linda Briskman, Professor, Curtin Centre for Human Rights Education
Warren Smith Assistant, Sydney Branch Secretary, MUA
Reminds me of the moral pygmies who cheerlead for Stalin in the ’30s and Mao in the ’50s. Now that Chavez has been granted the power to rule by decree, he is by definition, a dictatator. These fine upstanding Australians seem to have some strange ideas about what constitutes “social justice and democracy“.
A few interesting names on the list. Warren Mundine of the ALP, Jack Mundey, formerly a senior Communist Party member. Susan Price is a senior member of the Democratic Socialist Perspective and an open Marxist-Leninist. Warren Smith and Vinnie Molina are both senior mebers of the Communist Party of Australia.
No surprises at leftie journalist John Pilger, or the number of senior Greens represented.