'Doesn't matter who wins elections, nothing changes ... the Labour Party was the first to stab the Jarrow marchers in the back' So states a pitman from 'Our Friends in the North', a BBC drama series about working class attempts to change Britain through the period 1964-1995, from Hume to Blair. The protagonist of the … Continue reading Our Friends in the North
by John Tracey I paint this essay with very broad brushstrokes. I am aware that there are many exceptions as well as different degrees amongst different groups regarding my various generalisations. This essay does not attempt to provide an accurate historical record but rather to provoke consideration of some general issues of the history of … Continue reading Australian socialism and Aboriginal struggle — a critique.
"The money is ours but the government won’t give it back" Ros Kidd spoke at the Queensland Council of Unions [QCU] about the thousands of indigenous workers who were paid a small fraction of award wages in Queensland during the 20th century — with full knowledge by government and protection authorities like Pat Killoran. Dr … Continue reading ‘One of the Great Scandals of Australia’s History: Aboriginal Labour in 20th Century Queensland’ — Dr Ros Kidd