Jack Mundey: why the inspiration lives on

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

How labour built neoliberalism: Australia’s Accord, the labour movement and the neoliberal project

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

Book launch – “How Labour Built Neoliberalism”

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”

Is there common ground between identity politics and class struggle?

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?