Linebaugh: metaphors, rebellion, and socialist dreaming

By Rowan Cahill   A discussion of Peter Linebaugh, The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day (Oakland: PM Press, 2016). Writing in 1896, not long before his death, indefatigable socialist thought-maker and dreamer William Morris wrote that May Day is “above all days of the year fitting for the protest of the disinherited... 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 →

Bobbie Oliver on Australia’s Secret War by Hal Colebatch

Book Review: Hal Colebatch, Australia’s Secret War: How unionists sabotaged our troops in World War II (Quadrant Books, Sydney, 2013), 340pp, $44.95 hard back. By Bobbie Oliver I have always regarded with some scepticism books whose titles include words such as ‘Secret’ or ‘Untold’, because they bear the connotation that someone has deliberately obscured the... Continue Reading →

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 →

NIBS UNDERGROUND BOOK TALK – JOHN TULLY ON THE SILVERTOWN STRIKE

John Tully will give a talk on his 2014 book, Silvertown – The Lost Story of a Strike that Shook London and Helped Launch the Modern Labour Movement  on Tuesday 10 February at the New International Bookshop (basement of Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton, 6:45pm for 7pm start). Silvertown was reviewed by Terry Irving in our July... Continue Reading →

The Builders Labourers Federation “Never Powerless”: Lessons for the 21st Century

The BLF History Committee has put together a booklet which celebrates the life and contribution of Norm Gallagher. A controversial figure in the labour movement, interest in Gallagher’s contributions to the working lives of builders’ labourers has increased in recent years. This booklet, The Builders Labourers Federation “Never Powerless”: Lessons for the 21st Century, has... Continue Reading →

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