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THE EUREKA BADGE

Based on the famous Eureka Flag first hoisted in 1854 on Bakery Hill near Ballarat, Victoria, the Eureka Badge represents the motivation behind the establishment of Australian Voice.

Mark Twain has been quoted as saying the rebellion at Eureka Stockade "was a revolution, small in size, but great politically.  It was a struggle for principle, a stand against injustice and oppression".

The gold miners, already disgruntled with Governor Hotham's decision to set up licensing checks twice a week, were galvanised into action when a digger was murdered in October 1854 and the suspected killer (believed to be a friend of the Magistrate) was set free.

Likewise, Australian Voice was established as a result of injustice and corruption evident within the Australian banking system and the unwillingness of elected governments, both Labor and Liberal, to confront the issues and to protect those caught up in the banks' greed and unconscionable behaviour.

The Eureka Badge, a spinning oval carrying the cross and stars of the original Eureka flag, represents the decision of a group of disaffected citizens not to sweep the issues under the carpet but to make a stand against corruption, against unfair or unjust government, and against the unrepresentative leadership of the two major Parties in Australian politics.

Even as the diggers in 1854 swore "by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other, and fight to defend our rights and liberties", Australian Voice promises to work together to make Australia a better place.

Five stars, representing the five stars of the original Eureka Flag, have also been incorporated into the orange and blue logo of Australian Voice.