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 →

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... Continue Reading →

Tom Barker’s Poster – Fundraising Campaign

  The Brunswick Coburg Anti-Conscription Commemoration committee have launched a Pozible (crowd funding) campaign to get Tom Barker's Anti-Conscription/Anti-War poster reprinted and onto the streets. They need to raise $1340 to print around 200 large scale reproductions of the poster. You can donate to the cause via the campaign site. The committee is also busy organising lots... Continue Reading →

Don’t mention the war (at home)

By Hall Greenland   It is the season for centenary commemorations of the Great War. In the past months: the battles at Pozières, Mouquet Farm, Fromelles, and the Somme. The great and the good have been sorrowful and respectful of the fallen – as they should be. Lest we forget? No way. Just don’t mention... Continue Reading →

Centenary commemoration of Archbishop Daniel Mannix’s first speech against conscription

Val Noone and Mary Doyle invite you to a centenary commemoration of Archbishop Daniel Mannix’s first speech against conscription: Dr Mannix: “Clifton Hill, where I committed my original sin” 6.00 for 6.30 pm Friday 16 September 2016 Aikenhead Hall, St John’s Parish Corner Queens Parade and Wellington Street, Clifton Hill On a wet and stormy night, 16... Continue Reading →

CENTENARY OF TRADE UNION ANTI-CONSCRIPTION | WEDNESDAY 11 MAY 2016

A message from David Cragg, Victorian Trades Hall Council On 11-12 May 1916, the THC convened an All-Australia Trade Union Anti-Conscription Conference at the Melbourne Trades Hall.  (Please note that this was some 11 years before the ACTU was established.) The successful conference resolved unanimously to oppose the introduction of conscription for military service in Europe and... Continue Reading →

Student Revolt: La Trobe University 1967-73

In 1989, Barry York published his book, Student Revolt: La Trobe University 1967-73. Based on research undertaken for his MA, this participant history recalls the spirit of the student rebellions at Melbourne’s La Trobe University. Long out of print, the book is now available to download free of charge from Barry's website.

Arthur’s last hurrah: Calwell, Whitlam and the Ky visit to Australia*

By Phillip Deery In the torrent of tributes for Gough Whitlam after his death in October 2014, it is easy to forget the rancour and bitterness surrounding his ascent to the leadership of the federal parliamentary Labor Party. He was elected leader at a caucus meeting in February 1967 after Arthur Calwell, having lost three federal... Continue Reading →

MULLEN’S CHOICES

By Rowan Cahill (University of Wollongong) In late November 2014, illness claimed the life of Geoff Mullen, long-time letter writer to the ‘Letters to the Editor’ page of the Sydney Morning Herald. For years the ‘Letters to the Editor’ section of newspapers had been his public forum, and the Herald published his ‘last hurrah’ the... Continue Reading →

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