Thanks to Coral Wynter the remarkable life of Pauline Jensen is in print - her lovely poems, descriptions of long desert walks and her passion for First Nations rights and so much more. Sadly Pauline died in November 2019 are a short battle with mesothelioma. Coral's book also includes contributions from Pauline's diverse friends. This … Continue reading Remembering Pauline Jensen
Today friends, unionists and activists gathered at the Town Hall to celebrate the extraordinary life of Jack Mundey. Jack had been a rugby league player, labourer, unionist and left intellectual. The Green Ban era was ground breaking. But he packed in so much more. His dedication to building mass movements was inspirational. I was fortunate … Continue reading My speech at State Memorial for Jack Mundey
My speech on 5 February - Kashmir Solidarity Day It is good to be together on Kashmir Solidarity Day - a day when we can amplify our voices for the rights of the people of Kashmir. This is a tough struggle. It will be a long struggle. We need to be well organised and united. … Continue reading To win support for the right of Kashmiris to determine their own future we need to build awareness of what is happening in India
In the early 1970s Jack Mundey led a union of builders labourers that took strike action and imposed bans on developments that were then worth around $5 billion. At the time, Jack and his union, the Builders Labourers Federation, were intensely vilified. Death threats were common. The BLF were challenging the power of developers, a … Continue reading Jack Mundey: why the inspiration lives on
Kashmiri boys and young men are regularly rounded up by Indian military and police. They are often sent to gaols in India, thousands of kilometres from their home, where it is nearly impossible for their families to visit them. This speech was given at a function for Kashmir Solidarity Day 2020, held at the Pakistan … Continue reading Speech – Kashmir Solidarity Day 2020
At the 2019 Marxism Conference held in Melbourne I joined a panel with Liz Humphrys and Tom Bramble on “How labour built neoliberalism: Australia's Accord, the labour movement and the neoliberal project”. Below is my speech. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet and I pay tribute to their history, … Continue reading How labour built neoliberalism: Australia’s Accord, the labour movement and the neoliberal project
In August Laurie Carmichael, former AMWU and ACTU leader, former president of the Communist Party of Australia and one of the architects of the accord, died. In October commemorations of Laurie’s life were held in Melbourne and Sydney. I attended the Sydney event. It was very moving and obviously Laurie’s work on the Accord was … Continue reading Book launch – “How Labour Built Neoliberalism”
This is my talk on “Is there common ground between identity politics and class struggle?” given at this year’s Historical Materialism Conference. This talk is underpinned by a commitment to the global struggle for a fairer, more just world, for transformative change, for a socialist Australia. That struggle is only effective when we have some … Continue reading Is there common ground between identity politics and class struggle?