Sunday, January 31, 2010

Socialist folk singer Alistair Hulett dies


Dear Friends

Sadly, we share with you the news that Alistair Hulett died on the evening of January 28, 2010.

Many friends who have been shocked by the severity and speed of his deterioration have asked for details of his illness.
Alistair became ill very suddenly on New Year's Day 2010 and was hospitalised on January 5 with suspected food poisoning. Liver failure was later diagnosed and it was hoped that he could receive a liver transplant, but further investigation revealed a very aggressive form of cancer which had already spread from his liver to his lungs and stomach. Alistair died peacefully only days after the cancer was first detected.

CPA SA Branch Condolences:

Members of the Communist Party of Australia (South Australian Branch) are deeply saddened by the death of Comrade Alistair Hulett. His insightful songs have inspired workers to rally against the “dictatorship of capital” and will continue to do so long into the future. We are grateful to Alistair for allowing us to use his material in our online productions, his music really is a soundtrack to life. We send our condolences to his close friends and relatives in this difficult time.

Check out Ally with his late mate Jimmy Gregory singing 'The Internationale' on YouTube. Two fine men gone too young.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

CPA (SA) expresses solidarity with earthquake victims!

The people of Haiti were yesterday hit by a devastating, magnitude 7 earthquake. The enormity of this disaster is becoming clearer all the time, with scenes of destruction emerging from the capital Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas. It is likely that thousands have been killed and many thousands have been left homeless by this disaster. It should be remembered that the people of Haiti have had to endure a number of traumas in recent years, from political upheavals and interference to natural disasters, including the severe Hurricane season of 2008, when 4 Hurricanes hit killing over 800 and causing considerable destruction. The Communist Party of Australia (SA) expresses it's solidarity with the people of Haiti, and it's deep sympathy for the victims of this terrible earthquake. We would encourage people to consider donating to earthquake appeals and organisations such as Red Cross who are heavily involved in aiding the victims.