Conspiracy theories about dismissal obscure more important things

Tom O’Lincoln Shocking revelations seem easy to get a hold of these days. Historian Jenny Hocking says leading conservative politicians were on the phone before the sacking of the Whitlam government. I’m aghast. Oh, and they had a special phone for affairs of state. Consider my gob thoroughly smacked. P...CONTINUE READING

Australia’s World War II concentration camps

Vashti Kenway Australian history is laced with barbed wire. Today’s refugee concentration camps on Manus Island and Nauru are not really new; Australia has long imprisoned the fleeing, the desperate, the “alien” and the radical. This history has been pushed into the shadows. In particular, the jingoisti...CONTINUE READING

Australia’s concentration camps

Vashti Kenway Australian history is laced with barbed wire. Today’s refugee concentration camps on Manus Island and Nauru are not really new; Australia has long imprisoned the fleeing, the desperate, the “alien” and the radical. This history has been pushed into the shadows. In particular, the jingoisti...CONTINUE READING

Australia’s role in the 1965-66 communist massacres in Indonesia

Marlene Millott Fifty years ago, on 30 September, one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century took place on Australia’s doorstep. An estimated half a million people affiliated with the Partai Komunis Indonesia (Indonesian Communist Party or PKI) were massacred by the Indonesian Army, with help from lo...CONTINUE READING

Broken Hill: a radical history

Sandra Bloodworth “[W]e leave the destinies of this magnificent fighting industrial centre in the hands of the militant spirits of the present and future generations; and sincerely trust that some of the facts and phrases herein placed on record may prove beneficial to the coming agitator in the struggle fo...CONTINUE READING

The politics of sport

James Plested Sport is a firmly established part of the mass culture of modern capitalism. The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates that, of people aged 15 years and over, about 30 percent had participated in organised sport in the last 12 months. Were those who regularly engage with sport as suppo...CONTINUE READING

Popular resistance during WWII

Jeff Sparrow According to one count, the neoconservative ideologue Bill Kristol has written no fewer than 61 opinion pieces referencing the Munich agreement that prefaced the Second World War. In the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, for instance, Kristol joined with all the other warmongers warnin...CONTINUE READING

The profound legacy of Eleanor Marx

Vashti Kenway “The present week might not inaptly be called the week of strikes – coal men, match girls, parcels postmen, car men, rag, bone and paper porters and pickers and the employees in jam, biscuit, rope, iron, screw, clothing and railway workers have found some grievance, real and imaginary, and...CONTINUE READING

Who was Leon Trotsky?

Luca Tavan “Life is not an easy matter … You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness.” There are few historical figures who have been su...CONTINUE READING