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Australia: 1966 Aboriginal Stockmen's Strike
Article
2016
2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the courageous Aboriginal stockmen's strike at the Wave Hill cattle station in the Northern Territory (NT). On 23 August 1966, head stockman Vincent Lingiari led 200...
Australia Rejects Israeli-Ordered Media Censorship: A Little Justice for Al Manar TV
Lamb, Franklin
Article
2010
Australia rejects politically motivated censorship attempts.
Australian History Archive
Website
Documents on socialist history in Australia
Australian Mining Companies Digging A Deadly Footprint in Africa
Schilis-Gallego, Cecile
Article
2015
Schilis-Gallego discusses Australian mining companies' involvement in violence and human rights violations in Africa.
Australian waterfront dispute of 1998: Connexipedia Article
Article
Severe and protracted industrial relations dispute, primarily between the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and Patrick Corporation, a stevedoring and transportation company.
Australia's Labor War on the Docks
Sheppard, Barry
Article
1998
THE BATTLE BETWEEN the Australian "wharfies" and the Patrick Stevedore company, backed by the right-wing coalition government of Liberal Prime Minister John Howard, became a test of strength not only ...
Australia's rebel heritage of poetry and song
Gregory, Mark
Article
2016
Ballads like the one published in Borough, London, by the famous printer HP Such, had been sold on the streets of the towns and cities from which convicts were transported to Australia from the First ...
Australia's 'stolen' children get apology but no cash
McMahon, Barbara
Article
2008
The stolen generations were Aboriginal children - mainly mixed race - who were removed from their families and sent to institutions or adopted into white families during the last century. Some childre...
Brisbane general strike of 1912: Connexipedia Article
Article
The 1912 Brisbane General Strike in Queensland, Australia, began when members of the Australian Tramway Employees Association were dismissed when they wore union badges to work.
Capitalism is failing the planet
Weedall, Gemma
Article
2014
If we continue with capitalist business as usual, there will be disastrous consequences for humanity. Capitalism is in unavoidable conflict with environmental sustainability because of three key featu...
Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia
Keneally, Thomas
Book
2005
A history of the first four years of the convict settlement in Australia, examining the interplay of soldiers, convicts, and Aborigines.
Connexions Library: Pacific Region Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on the Pacific region.
Disability and History
Hume, Joan
Unclassified
2010
Joan Hume became active in disability organisations in the late 1970s and in the burgeoning disability rights movement, edited and wrote for the magazine Quad Wrangle for several years.
Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe
Loewenstein, Anthony
Book
2015
Journalist Antony Loewenstein travels across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, Greece, and Australia to witness the reality of disaster capitalism.
Down Where Apartheid Lives: Where are the Condemnations of Australia?
Pilger, John
Article
2013
John Pilger documentary Australia - “discover what lies behind the sunny face” . Aboriginal people comprise barely three per cent of the Australian population. Unlike the US, Canada and New Zealand, w...
Fatal Extraction: Australian Mining's Damaging Push Into Africa
Unclassified
2015
Australian-listed mining companies are linked to hundreds of deaths and alleged injustices which wouldn’t be tolerated in better-regulated nations. The stories are from people across Africa, and are r...
Australian Mining Companies Digging A Deadly Footprint in Africa: Fatal Extraction: Australian Mining's Damaging Push Into Africa
Fitzgibbon, Will; Hamilton, Martha M.; Schilis-Gallego, Cécile
Unclassified
2015
A pattern of links between mining activities and deaths, disfigurement, environmental destruction and displacement suggests a troubling track record for Australian companies seeking wealth from Africa...
The Forgotten Coup: How the Same Godfather Rules from Canberra to Kiev
Pilger, John
Article
2014
Washington’s role in the fascist putsch against an elected government in Ukraine will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore the historical record. Since 1945, dozens of governments, many o...
The Forgotten Coup: How America and Britain Crushed the Government of Their "Ally" Australia
Pilger, John
Article
2014
Across the political and media elite in Australia, a silence has descended on the memory of the great, reforming prime minister Gough Whitlam, who has died. His achievements are recognised, if grudgin...
A Green History of the World: The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations
Ponting, Clive
Book
1991
Ponting tracks the "green" history of the world showing how throughout history civilizations have collapsed when they exhausted the earth's natural resources.
Hidden Agendas
Pilger, John
Book
1998
Pilger's book is an indictment of Tony Blair's government and his easy acceptance of the Thacherite view of foreign affairs. Using the examples of Indonesia, East Timor, Burma, Murdoch and China he ch...
How Greens and Labor can Win ... Together
Barbagallo, Camille
Article
2014
A review of Green Bans, Red Union: Environmental Activists and the New South Wales Labourers Federation by Meredith and Verity Burgmann (UNSW Press, 1998).
Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II
Blum, William
Book
2008
Is the United States a force for democracy? William Blum serves up a forensic overview of U.S. foreign policy spanning sixty years. For those who want the details on the U.S.'s most famous actions (Ch...
The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth
Pearce, Fred
Book
2012
How Wall Street, Chinese billionaires, oil sheikhs, and agribusiness are buying up huge tracts of land in a hungry, crowded world.
Left History Archive
Website
An attempt to gather together an archive of digital material of the history and political role of the Communist Party of Australia from its inception to the present day, and also a general archive of ...
Mapoon - Book Three: The Cape York Aluminum Companies (Alcan, Comalco, R.T.Z., Kaiser, C.R.A., Billiton, Pechiney, Tipperary) and the Native Peoples
Book
1976
Chronicle of the policies and actions of the Aluminium Companies with respect to the native peoples and their land claims.
Martial Matters
Cahill, Rowan
Article
2012
A selection of commentaries on Australian martial experience at radical odds with mainstream Australian histories.
The No-Nonsense Guide to Global Media
Steven, Peter
Book
2004
Peter Steven aims to make readers realize the power and influence of dominant media but, at the same time, also understand that they are not "omnipotent" and that there are alternative forms available...
NOTES ON RADICALISM
Cahill, Rowan
Article
2010
Questions frequently asked when introduced as a co-author of Radical Sydney (2010) are: “What is radicalism?”; “Is radicalism dead?”; and specifically with regard to Australia, “Where is radicalism to...
NSW protesters: 'We will break these laws'
Mcllroy, Jim
Article
2016
"This is a law to protect the rich. We will need to break these laws to protect our democratic rights," Aboriginal activist and lead NSW Senate candidate for the Socialist Alliance team in the federal...
Ordeal of Australia's child migrants
Bryant, Nick
Article
2009
The story of the British child migrants sent to Australia has been described as a history of lies, deceit, cruelty and official disinterest and neglect.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - July 23, 2016: Workers and Climate Change
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Working people – and most of us are workers -- are affected by climate change in every aspect of our lives. As climate change worsens, our lives will worsen. If we are successful in bringing about the...
Overthrowing other people's governments: The Master List
Blum, William
Article
2013
Instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War.
Perspectives On Power: Reflections on Human Nature and the Social Order
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1997
Chomsky sets down his thoughts on topics ranging from language and human nature, to the Middle East and East Timor.
Pilbara strike of 1946: Connexipedia Article
Article
A strike by Indigenous Australian pastoral workers in the Pilbara region of Western Australia for human rights recognition and payment of fair wages and working conditions.
Press for Conversion #43: December 2000
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2000
Radical Sydney / Radical History
Website
Radical Sydney began in 2010 as a site devoted to the book by Terry Irving and Rowan Cahill titled 'Radical Sydney: Places, Portraits and Unruly Episodes. While this function continues, the blog has e...
Radioactive waste and the nuclear war on Australia's Aboriginal people
Green, Jim
Article
2016
Australia's nuclear industry has a shameful history of 'radioactive racism' that dates from the British bomb tests in the 1950s. The same attitudes persist today with plans to dump over half a million...
A Red Metamorphosis
Irving, Terry
Article
2014
The following essay has been written and published in response to increasing requests from researchers for information on the background and development of historian Terry Irving and his approach to h...
Rediscovering Radical History
Irving, Terry
Article
2011
This essay studies the early days of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History Society (ASSLH).
Rio Tinto's 'sustainable mining' claims exposed: Rio Tinto uses its sustainability reporting to bolster the argument that it is a responsible company and therefore entitled to a license to
Ozkan, Kermal
Article
2014
Global mining giant Rio Tinto markets itself as a 'sustainable company'. But serious failures in its reporting, and its attempt to hold an Australian indigenous group to ransom, reveal a very differen...
Rupert Lockwood (1908-1997): Journalist, Communist, Intellectual
Cahill, Rowan
Article
2013
This thesis explores aspects of the life, times, and career of Australian journalist Rupert Lockwood (1908-1997). During the Cold War, Lockwood was one of the best known members of the Communist Party...
The Socialist Register 1974: Volume 11: A survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1974
Socialist Register 1984: Volume 21: The Uses of Anti-Communism
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1984
The Socialist Register 1985/1986: Volume 22: Social Democracy and After
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John; Liebman, Marc; Panitch, Leo (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1986
Time to celebrate real heroes, like the one just lost
Pilger, John
Article
2015
If you want to meet the best Australians, meet Indigenous men and women who understand this extraordinary country and have fought for the rights of the world's oldest culture. Theirs is a struggle mor...
The triumph of green hearts over sere: Reflections on student radicalism at Sydney University in the 1910s and the 1960s
Irving, Terry
Article
2013
In April 1910, thirty graduates and undergraduates met on the eve of the federal elections with the intention of establishing the University Socialist Society. The conservatives downtown were shocked....
Under the Influence
Pilger, John
Article
1999
For the few of us who reported East Timor long before it was finally declared news, the "disclosures" last weekend that Washington had trained Indonesia's death squads are bizarre. That the American, ...
Utopia
Pilger, John (director)
Film/Video
2014
Drawing on John Pilger's long association with the first people of his homeland Australia, Utopia is both an epic portrayal of the oldest continuous human culture, and an investigation into a suppress...
Utopia: A confronting but politically flawed documentary
Allan , Susan
Article
2014
Utopia, the latest documentary by veteran journalist and filmmaker John Pilger has shown at selected venues across Australia with a television screening on SBS. The feature-length work, which exposes ...
Whose side are you on? The mundane decline of labour history
McQueen, Humphrey
Article
2011
The following polemical intervention by Humphrey McQueen is published as a contribution to understanding the nature, and practice, of radical history.

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Australia: Journalists' sources under threat with data retention regime
Sources News Release
2015
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) in condemning the commencement of new data retention laws in Australia.
Australian court imposes generalized news blackout on bribery case
Sources News Release
2014
WikiLeaks has revealed the existence of a blanket gagging order applying to all citizens and news media throughout Australia.
Australian media outraged by failure of justice to Balibo Five
Sources News Release
2014
The International Federation of Journalists joins the Australian Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance in condemning and expressing strong outrage over the Australian Federal Police (AFP abandoning the...
Be annoying, and don't give up
Birnbauer, Bill
2012
Bill Birnbauer, Senior Lecturer in Journalism at Monash University in Australia, shares the methodology and techniques which have served him best as an investigative journalist.
The Bone Collectors
A Brutal Chapter in Australia's Past
Daley, Paul
2014
The remains of hundreds of Aboriginal people, dug up from sacred ground and once displayed in museums all over the world, are now stored in a Canberra warehouse. When will they be given a national res...
The Koori History Website Project
information on Black Australia's 240 year struggle for justice.
MEAA concerned by media restrictions on asylum seeker policy
Sources News Release
2015
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate, the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) in raising strong concerns about the media restrictions that surround Australia's...
Report on Australian Stolen Generations
Bringing Them Home Report
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
1997
Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families. This report is a tribute to the strength and struggles of many thousands of Ab...
Security laws attack Australia's press freedom
Sources News Release
2014
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) in describing the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill No 1 an outrageous ...
Stolen Lives
The 'sisters' who are challenging Australia to admit to its forced separation of Aboriginal families
Campbell, Beatrix
2001
The issue of Austaralia's stolen children.
Tree-top vigil highlights destruction of Tasmanian forest
Miranda Gibson hopes to bring international attention to the unprotected status of the ancient forests that are threatened by logging
Birch, Simon
2012
For more than three months, 30-year-old Gibson has been living high above the canopy floor that is the home to some of Australia's most threatened indigenous wildlife, including the Tasmanian devil an...

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