Mardi Gras 40th anniversary: ‘Proud to be a 78er’

Mick Armstrong: One of the most inspiring aspects of the first Mardi Gras was that protesters were not demoralised or intimidated by the appalling police brutality. We stood up and fought back. Hundreds of activists, both gay and straight, threw themselves into a vibrant campaign of mass m...CONTINUE READING

Vale Zelda D’Aprano, a fighter for women’s liberation

Janey Stone Zelda D’Aprano, famous for chaining herself to the railings of the Commonwealth Building in Melbourne in 1969 to demand equal pay for women, died on 21 February, aged 90. Zelda was born into a working class Jewish family in Carlton in 1928. Following her mother’s example, she became a memb...CONTINUE READING

The fight over free speech on campus

Daniel Taylor On university campuses around the world, “free speech” is becoming the favourite slogan of the right, sure to be raised during campus political controversies. The Spectator, a magazine whose political allegiance sits somewhere between Tony Abbott and Richard Spencer, writes of a “free spee...CONTINUE READING

Why Queensland is different

Rebecca Barrigos Queensland is considered more conservative and backward than the southern states. Queensland “difference” has been used to explain the long period of conservative National Party rule from the 1950s under the extreme right wing premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, the f...CONTINUE READING

1968: the year the world shook

Vashti Kenway 1968 – 50 years ago – was the highpoint of the radicalism that had been sweeping the globe through the mid-60s from Belfast to Berlin, from Mexico to Melbourne, from Paris to Prague. It was a year of revolution and repression, of struggle and solidarity, of wild optimism and crushing defea...CONTINUE READING

Was there a parliamentary alternative in Russia 1917?

Sandra Bloodworth “He who controls the past controls the future.” So says Winston Smith in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. Makes me think of the gaggle of reputable historians who roll out fictional accounts of the Russian Revolution of 1917. Bolshevism? Workers’ power? Don’t even think of it; listen...CONTINUE READING

Summer reading suggestions

Sarah Garnham Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor’s 2016 book From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation is a must read this summer. Often books published in the midst of movements read like a mash-up of journalistic articles and blog posts. This book is cleverly crafted and politically serious, as well as being a...CONTINUE READING

Robert Mugabe: how an anti-colonialist hero became an authoritarian nationalist

Charlie Kimber Robert Mugabe resigned on the night of 28 November after being president and then prime minister of Zimbabwe in southern Africa since 1980. He was a hero of the struggle against colonialism and first leader of independent Zimbabwe. He then became a compromiser with imperialism—and finally...CONTINUE READING

Telegrams confirm scale of US complicity in 1965 genocide

Jess Melvin There is much outrage in the United States that a foreign state might have attempted to influence its 2016 presidential election. The release on 17 October of a cache of previously classified telegrams sent from the US embassy in Jakarta provides new and damning evidence that the US is no...CONTINUE READING