Jack Mundey

Verity Burgmann Jack Mundey (17/10/1929-10/05/2020), legendary leader of the green bans movement, showed the world how important workers could be in protecting the planet.[1] ‘What is the good of fighting to improve wages and conditions’, he asked unionists, ‘if we are going to choke to death in polluted and plan-less cities.’[2] He emphasized that workers... Continue Reading →

Book Launch: Graham Berry and the Making of Australian Politics

Join us for the launch of Sean Scalmer’s new book on Graham Berry. Three time premier of Victoria, Berry was a hugely influential figure on Australia’s early political life. Democratic Adventurer: Graham Berry and the Making of Australian Politics ‘recovers Berry’s forgotten and fascinating life’. The book will be launched by Frank Bongiorno at a Readings virtual launch... Continue Reading →

‘Taking to the Streets against the Vietnam War’: A Timeline History of Australian Protest 1962-1972

On this, the 50th anniversary of the 8 May 1970 Moratorium, we publish Ken Mansell's "‘Taking to the Streets against the Vietnam War’: A Timeline History of Australian Protest 1962-1972", which takes you through the myriad protests and events that led to the largest demonstrations Australia had ever seen.

Becoming John Curtin and James Scullin

This year marks 75 years since the death of John Curtin. The Melbourne Branch's Dr. Liam Byrne has written the forthcoming biography of John Curtin and James Scullin, being published by Melbourne University Press in June 2020: https://www.mup.com.au/books/becoming-john-curtin-and-james-scullin-paperback-softback The book explores pivotal moments of Australian history that are directly linked to key points history and... Continue Reading →

Childe Unbound

By Rowan Cahill What follows is in part a review, but also a commentary, and it benefits from the perspective of an insider. As Terry Irving notes in his Acknowledgements to The Fatal Lure of Politics: The Life and Thought of Vere Gordon Childe (2020), I encouraged his “political intentions for the book” and read... Continue Reading →

8 May 1970 Moratorium

Melbourne’s Moratorium demonstration of 8 May 1970 was the city’s largest public gathering ever and the highpoint of a movement that had been steadily building over a number of years in opposition to Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam war.  Despite scaremongering and predictions to the contrary, the Moratorium demonstration exceeded all expectations – it was... Continue Reading →

Activism, Struggle and Labour History radio program

Over the summer of 2019/2020 Community Radio 3CR hosted a program entitled Activism, Struggle and Labour History which was made up of a variety of presentations that were given during the 2019 Australian Society for the Study of Labour History conference. The programs are now available online as podcasts, along with other 3CR summer series, at https://www.3cr.org.au/summerspecials2019-2020... Continue Reading →

WHAT CAN BE DONE? A RUMINATION*

By Rowan Cahill The report that God is on the side of the Big Battalions is propaganda put out by the Big Battalion commanders. They hope thereby to spread alarm and despondency among the smaller forces.-Claud Cockburn As I engage with my seventh decade, I am variously approached by researchers and others for details of,... Continue Reading →

The Peterloo Massacre of 1819

By L W Maher Jacqueline Riding, The Story of the Manchester Massacre: Peterloo Foreword by Mike Leigh (An Apollo Book - Head of Zeus, 2018) On 16 August 1819, a very large number of men, women and children, estimated to be more than 60,000, assembled at St Peter’s Field in Manchester. There were farm labourers, weavers, factory... Continue Reading →

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