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 →

8 May 1970 Moratorium: A Chronology of Protest

Compiled by Ken Mansell*   In 1970 and 1971, mass demonstrations against the war in Vietnam, dubbed Moratoriums after earlier U.S. rallies, were held in cities and towns across Australia. This chronology of protest, compiled by Ken Mansell and incorporating the work of Malcolm J. Saunders, explains the pressures, context, and constraints of the organisation... 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 YEAST IS RED

A HISTORY OF THE BAKERY (OFF-CAMPUS CENTRE OF THE MONASH UNIVERSITY LABOR CLUB 1968-1971) By Ken Mansell.   The Yeast is Red is a case study of the Australian new left of the late sixties. The new left initially emerged as part of a movement of growing opposition to the Vietnam War. The war shattered the previously dominant... 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 →

Democratic Opposition to War The 1916-17 anti-conscription campaigns: Impacts and legacies

Conference: 20 May 2017, 9am-4.30pm, Siteworks, 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick 2017 marks the centenary of the defeat of the 1917 conscription plebiscite. During 1917, in the midst of the war, Australian anti-conscription campaigners succeeded in defeating the introduction of conscription for a second time. This was a unique example of popular opposition to conscription in the countries engaged in WW1,... Continue Reading →

The Conscription Conflict and the Great War

By Michael Hamel-Green Review of The Conscription Conflict and the Great War, edited by Robin Archer, Joy Damousi, Murray Goot and Sean Scalmer (Monash University Publishing: Clayton, 2016), paper $29.95. The First World War was to take the lives of eleven million soldiers on both sides, seven million civilians, and, as a further consequence, the... Continue Reading →

Opposing War: Women’s Protest in World War I

By Judith Smart The following is the text of a lecture given by Judy Smart to the Brunswick Coburg Anti-conscription Commemoration Committee, 3 May 2016. It is reproduced here with the author's permission.    When feminist historians, led by Carmel Shute in 1975, first started writing about the part played by women on the Australian... Continue Reading →

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