In the first light of dawn at Ballarat on December 3, lantern and effigy maker Graeme Dunstan set alight an effigy of Major General Duncan Lewis, the new head of ASIO, at the Eureka Dawn Vigil held at the Eureka Stockade Monument.
In the Courier’s article by David Jeans, Anarchists kick off Eureka 160th anniversary ceremonies, it quotes Dunstan that the effigy burning was to bring fire back into the commemoration, “On the morning of the stockade, there was the smoke of gunpowder, smoke of the diggers fires,” but there is no explanation of why Duncan Lewis was chosen as this year’s “greatest oppressor of Australian rights and liberties”.
But the article doesn’t explain why Duncan Lewis was chosen. For this you need to have read Dunstan’s media release or heard Dunstan’s explanation at the effigy burning. I captured this on video, with a transcription below.
So I say this man who has lied to Australian people about weapons of mass destruction has set us up for permanent war, including Iraq invasion 3, another 200 Special Air Service troops deployed. This is the man who is the most danger to our rights and liberties in this time. This is based on his record, and the new powers he has been given recently. Any Special Intelligence Operation becomes secret which means that all the fighting that goes on overseas has become secret.
Transcript: Graeme Dunstan at Eureka Dawn Vigil #Eureka160 3rd December 2014