On 18 September Moratorium marchers encountered a determined effort by the police to reassert their ‘dictatorship of the streets’. This might have been expected to occur most virulently in Brisbane and Melbourne but it was in Sydney and Adelaide that the police were most vicious, attacking demonstrators with pre-planned clockwork precision.
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.
Ken Mansell's honours thesis ‘The Marxism and Strategic Concepts of the Communist Party of Australia 1963-1972’ provides 'a Marxist critique of Australian Communism'. As Ken's noted in his abstract, the thesis focusses on 'the period 1963-72 when the Communist Party of Australia, under a new leadership, moved to distance itself from Moscow and its own Stalinist... Continue Reading →
1972 January 2 – Anti-war activists in Melbourne meet at Shrine and proceed to U.S Consulate for rally against renewed U.S bombing of North Vietnam January 7 – Further demonstration in Melbourne against renewed U.S bombing of North Vietnam January 10 – Draft resister John Scott arrested in Adelaide and remanded on bail until February... Continue Reading →
1971 January – Commonwealth police interrogate signatories to Christmas anti-conscription advertisement in The Australian January 9-10 – National Moratorium Coordinating Committee meets in Melbourne to plan February 17-21 National Anti-War Conference January 15 – ‘Black Power’ demonstration by GI’s in South Vietnam January 18 – Brian Glover to serve seven days at Long Bay jail... Continue Reading →
1966 January – Robert Menzies resigns as Australian Prime Minister – Harold Holt takes the reins January 20 – Francis James (editor of The Anglican) returns home to Sydney after trip to North Vietnam January 29-30 – National anti-conscription conference (Sydney) convened by YCAC (NSW) February 2 –Third conscript intake Swan Street Army Depot February... Continue Reading →
1965 January – U.S extends the war to Laos and blasts trails used by North Vietnamese to pass supplies and cadres to NLF January – ‘National Service’ registration period begins for youths turning twenty January 1-June 30 January – Australian military personnel numbers in South Vietnam rise to 200 (including 81 ‘advisors’) February 7 –... Continue Reading →
1964 March – CND march Dandenong to Melbourne against French nuclear tests April 5 – CICD launches national petition against French nuclear tests in Pacific and underground nuclear tests June 6 – Defence Minister Paltridge announces doubling (30 to 60) of Australian military ‘advisors’ in South Vietnam July 6 – Warrant Officer Kevin Conway from... Continue Reading →
1963 January – External Affairs Minister Barwick announces further consignment of wire and ‘equipment’ for ‘strategic villages’ in South Vietnam March 8 – Jim Cairns denounces ‘military resistance to national-revolutionary movements in economically-retarded countries’ March 26 – CICD launches new nation-wide petition for nuclear-free zone in Southern Hemisphere and against foreign military bases on Australian... Continue Reading →
1962 March – CND in Melbourne campaigns against atmospheric testing by both superpowers April – ‘Aldermaston Solidarity March’ organised by ANZ Congress for International Cooperation and Disarmament (CICD) May – U.S Secretary of State Dean Rusk visits Australia to demand Australian participation in South Vietnam conflict 24 – Australian Government announces thirty ‘military advisors’ to... Continue Reading →