Jack Mundey

Verity Burgmann Jack Mundey (17/10/1929-10/05/2020), legendary leader of the green bans movement, showed the world how important workers could be in protecting the planet.[1] ‘What is the good of fighting to improve wages and conditions’, he asked unionists, ‘if we are going to choke to death in polluted and plan-less cities.’[2] He emphasized that workers... Continue Reading →

The Marxism and Strategic Concepts of the Communist Party of Australia 1963-1972

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 →

‘Taking to the Streets against the Vietnam War’: A Timeline History of Australian Protest 1962-1972 –– 1962

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 →

‘Taking to the Streets against the Vietnam War’: A Timeline History of Australian Protest 1962-1972 –– Introduction

It started as a trickle and became a flood. The first Australians to protest against the Vietnam war in the early sixties could not have imagined their tiny and isolated movement was laying the seeds of what was to eventually become the largest and greatest social movement in the annals of Australian protest. Vietnam was... Continue Reading →

‘Taking to the Streets against the Vietnam War’: A Timeline History of Australian Protest 1962-1972 –– Prologue

1945 August – ‘August Revolution’ in Saigon ousts Japanese September 2 – Ho Chi Minh declares Vietnamese independence French colonial forces re-occupy Vietnam and are resisted by Viet Minh – the first Indo-China war begins   1954 U.S finances cost of French war in Vietnam and uses air force in battle of Dien Bien Phu. ... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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