Events on in Melbourne

Monash University Publishing and Victorian Trades Hall Council are delighted to invite you to the launch of The Conscription Conflict and the Great War



Edited by Robin Archer, Joy Damousi, Murray Goot and Sean Scalmer 

To be launched by The Hon Bill Shorten MP

With MC Luke Hilakari



When: Thursday 27 October 2016, 6.00 for 6.30pm start

Where: Victorian Trades Hall. Meeting Room 1, via Victoria Street entrance (54 Victoria Street, Carlton).

RSVP (essential) by 24 October to:


Bill Shorten is the Federal Member for Maribyrnong and the Leader of the Federal Labor Party.

He joined the Ministry in 2010 and the Cabinet in 2011. As a senior member of the Rudd and Gillard Governments, he played a key role in securing a number of historic Labor reforms including the National Disability Insurance Scheme. During his time as Minister for Workplace Relations, Bill continued the Labor Government’s ongoing commitment to a fair and productive workplace relations system. After Labor lost office in 2013, Bill contested the leadership and became the first leader of the Labor Party to be elected by both Caucus and rank-and-file members.

Before entering Parliament, Bill already had extensive experience representing the rights of working Australians. As State Secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union from 1998 to 2006 and National Secretary from 2001 to 2007, Bill has a fundamental belief in workers’ rights, equal opportunity and workplace safety and his respect for industry bargaining and advocacy.

Luke Hilakari is the Secretary of Victorian Trades Hall Council – the voice of Victorians at work. VTHC is the central organising force of the mighty Victorian Trade Union movement, bringing together all Victorian workers to campaign in solidarity – We Are Union. Under Luke’s leadership VTHC organises campaigns to better engage working women and young workers, leads public discussion on occupational health and safety, and pushes for a more socially just Victoria.

The editors:

Robin Archer is Director of the postgraduate program in Political Sociology at the London School of Economics and Emeritus Fellow in Politics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He is the author of Economic Democracy and Why Is There No Labor Party in the United States?

Joy Damousi is Professor of History at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of The Labour of Loss: Mourning, Memory and Wartime Bereavement in AustraliaFreud in the Antipodes and Colonial Voices: A Cultural History of English in Australia 1840-1940.

Murray Goot is Emeritus Professor of Politics at Macquarie University and a former President of the Australasian Political Studies Association. He is the co-editor of Australian Opinion PollsDivided Nation? (co-authored with Tim Rowse), and numerous scholarly articles on elections, referendums and public opinion.

Sean Scalmer is Associate Professor of History at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of Dissent Events: Protest, the Media, and the Political Gimmick in Australia and Gandhi in the West: The Mahatma and the Rise of Radical Protest.


Globalization and Labour in the Twenty-First Century

Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM @ New International Bookshop, 54 Victoria St, Carlton.  Admission: $5 or $3 for NIBS members (to pre-book click below)

Verity Burgmann will give a talk about her new book: Globalization and Labour in the 21st century

The book argues that despite the adverse impact of globalization on the working-class, today workers around the world are challenging their increased exploitation by globalizing corporations. In developed countries, many unions are transforming themselves to confront employer power in ways more appropriate to contemporary circumstances; in developing countries, militant new labour movements are emerging.Drawing upon insights in anti-determinist Marxian perspectives, Verity makes the case that working-class resistance is not futile, as protagonists of globalization often claim.

Verity is an Adjunct Professor of Politics in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University . Over her career she has established a significant reputation as both a labour historian and a political scientist of social movements and social change.


Last chance to see: Wharfies support! social justice activism from the Melbourne docks

Line drawing of person holding a red flag by Oslo Davis.


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