Bernie Taft and 1968: Tanks in Prague, Turmoil in Australian Universities

  Friday 24 August 2018 Forum Theatre, Arts West, University of MelbourneIn August 1968, the Soviet Union sent troops into Czechoslovakia to end the liberalising regime of Alexander Dubcek; the incident and its aftermath became known as the Prague Spring. The events in the Soviet bloc were part of an international wave of uprisings and... Continue Reading →

Launch Invitation: ‘Against the Odds: The Victory over Conscription in World War I’

Against the Odds tells the story of how diverse groups and individuals collectively defeated conscription during World War I and left a lasting legacy for Australia.  It highlights the role of Brunswick – Coburg activists in the successful anti-conscription campaign.  The film complements events organized by of the Brunswick Coburg Anti-Conscription Commemoration Campaign (BCACCC) to... Continue Reading →

Arthur Calwell Memorial Lecture

Luke Hilakari, Secretary of the Victorian Trades Hall Council, will be the special guest speaker at this year's Arthur Calwell Memorial Lecture. The event starts at 6:15pm, Wednesday 16 May 2018, in the auditorium of Kangan Institute’s Broadmeadows Campus (Pearcedale Parade, Broadmeadows VIC (Parking is available onsite)). The event is hosted by Maria Vamvakinou (Federal MP for... Continue Reading →

Save women’s stories

Cathy Brigden and Sarah Kaine have launched a campaign to help them raise funds for their Save women’s stories project. The project will record the oral histories of women in trade unions. They hope to interview 50 women from around Australia, and their stories will be made publicly available via their website.  To support the... Continue Reading →

Selling off Victoria’s heritage?

A call for the historic Pentridge D-Division to remain as the long-promised Pentridge Museum  By Michael Hamel-Green   The main developer, Future Estate, of the southern section of the Victorian heritage-listed Old Pentridge Gaol has recently put the historic bluestone D-Division up for sale. The sale was advertised by KillenThomas Melbourne on 2/2/18. This continues a... Continue Reading →

Annual General Meetings of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE MELBOURNE BRANCH The annual meeting of the Melbourne Branch of the ASSLH will be held on Thursday 14th December 2017, at the Victorian Trades Hall, Meeting Room 1, from 5.30 to 7.30pm. The AGM will include reports, election of office-bearers and general business. Please send all enquiries and items for the agenda to... Continue Reading →

Now what? — 100 years after the Russian Revolution

Join Bea Campbell, UK author, playwright, filmmaker, journalist, political commentator and broadcaster, in debating current politics in Melbourne, Saturday 11 November. In a wide-ranging address, Bea will explore the various forms of inequality today; realistic strategies towards an egalitarian and just society; the meaning of socialism in this centenary year of the Russian Revolution; the... Continue Reading →

VINTAGE RED

by Rowan Cahill There is a vast amount of material, published and otherwise, relating to the history of the Communist Party of Australia/CPA (1920-1991). Examination of the footnotes to Stuart Macintyre’s first volume of the history of the CPA, The Reds (1998), attests to this, as does familiarity with the two resource bibliographies of CPA... Continue Reading →

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by Rowan Cahill Back in the 1980s, the autodidact bookseller Bob Gould pressed a book into my hands, as was his way whenever I visited the Aladdin’s Cave rabbit warrens of his Sydney bookshop. “Comrade, you’ve got to read this”, usually his way of recommending the latest or neglected anti-Stalinist publication. This time it was... Continue Reading →

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