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 →

‘Taking to the Streets against the Vietnam War’: A Timeline History of Australian Protest 1962-1972 –– 1971

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 →

‘Taking to the Streets against the Vietnam War’: A Timeline History of Australian Protest 1962-1972 –– 1969

1969 January – Interstate conference in Melbourne sets up National Campaign Against Conscription (NCAC) January 3 – Twenty-year-old medical student Sean Foley begins serving 29-day sentence at Long Bay jail for refusing to pay a fine arising from failure to attend medical examination for National Service January – Conscientious objector Desmond Phillipson alleges brutal treatment... Continue Reading →

‘Taking to the Streets against the Vietnam War’: A Timeline History of Australian Protest 1962-1972 –– 1968

1968 January – Vietnam Action Campaign (VAC) and Sydney University Labour Club establish Third World Bookshop and off-campus youth centre ‘Resistance’ at 35 Goulburn Street January 17 – Prime Minister Gorton holds press conference and echoes Lyndon Johnson - ‘It is only reasonable to stop the bombing of North Vietnam if the North stops sending... Continue Reading →

‘Taking to the Streets against the Vietnam War’: A Timeline History of Australian Protest 1962-1972 –– 1967

1967 January 4 – John Lindsay Anderson is first conscientious objector to apply for exemption solely on objection to the Vietnam war. His application fails January – Monash Labor Club members (soon dubbed the ‘Caulfield Cong’) establish household at 7 Jasmine Street South Caulfield. ‘Jasmine Street’ spawns off-campus ‘Anti-Ky Action Committee’ (AKAC) to lead Melbourne... Continue Reading →

‘Taking to the Streets against the Vietnam War’: A Timeline History of Australian Protest 1962-1972 –– 1966

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 →

‘Taking to the Streets against the Vietnam War’: A Timeline History of Australian Protest 1962-1972 –– 1965

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 →

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