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 →

WHAT CAN BE DONE? A RUMINATION*

By Rowan Cahill The report that God is on the side of the Big Battalions is propaganda put out by the Big Battalion commanders. They hope thereby to spread alarm and despondency among the smaller forces.-Claud Cockburn As I engage with my seventh decade, I am variously approached by researchers and others for details of,... Continue Reading →

THE YEAST IS RED

A HISTORY OF THE BAKERY (OFF-CAMPUS CENTRE OF THE MONASH UNIVERSITY LABOR CLUB 1968-1971) By Ken Mansell.   The Yeast is Red is a case study of the Australian new left of the late sixties. The new left initially emerged as part of a movement of growing opposition to the Vietnam War. The war shattered the previously dominant... 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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