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December 28, 2017 - January 17, 2018

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Workers of the World The 15th Biennial National Labour History Conference


September 23-25, 2017
Emmanuel College
University of Queensland

Conference theme: Workers of the World

Workers of the World The 15th Biennial National Labour History Conference Call for Papers Convened by the Brisbane Labour History Association (BLHA) on behalf of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (ASSLH).

Today, the Australian working class are workers of the world: in the sense that we are a predominantly immigrant working class (or the descendants of relatively recent immigrants); and in the sense that workers from so many of the world’s nations, languages and cultures have made their homes here.

The year 2017 also marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution, which had such a profound impact on the labour movement in every country, not least as a result of its internationalism.

Submission deadlines:

The deadline for submitting proposals for an oral presentation or non-refereed paper is Monday July 14, 2017.

Full details on Conference and paper submission are on the conference website:


War, Peace and Independence: Keep Australia out of US Wars


IPAN National Conference 2017
September 8th - 10th Melbourne

Public Forum
Friday 8 September 7:00pm
Jasper Hotel Conference Centre,
489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne CBD
$10 entry

Saturday/Sunday 9-10 September
MUA - Victorian Branch Building,
46-54 Ireland Street, West Melbourne
$50/$30 per day (including lunch)



  • Lidia Thorpe, Gunnai Gunditjmara Woman, Victorian Traditional Owner – Land Justice Group
  • Assoc Prof David Vine, US author on military bases
  • Dr Alison Broinowski, former Australian Diplomat
  • Warren Smith, National Assist. Secretary, Maritime Union of Australia
  • James O’Neill, Barrister
  • Prof Richard Tanter, Nautilus Inst., Melbourne Uni
  • Dr Margaret Beavis, National President, MAPW
  • Dr Mike Gilligan, former Defence Dept. adviser
  • Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens
  • Sung Hee Choi, Activist in Jeju Is., South Korea
  • Alex Edney-Brown, PhD student studying drones
  • Vince Scappatura, Melbourne Uni researcher


  • The growing threats of war: US military bases, US foreign policy, and the global situation. The struggle against the U.S. military base on Jeju Island and the situation on the South Korean Peninsula.
  • Australia: a subservient ally of the US?
  • Can Australia defend itself?
  • What would an independent Australian foreign policy look like?
  • Why justice & peace are union business.
  • US drone warfare.
  • Corporate military inroads into public education.
  • Public spending on wars of aggression & nuclear disarmament.
  • US political and military influence over Australia.
  • The South China Sea and the threat of war.
  • Building a peoples’ movement against war: for an independent and peaceful foreign policy in Australia and the Asia-Pacific ... organising, campaigning and mobilising.

IPAN Planning workshops

IPAN, Independent and Peaceful Australia Network, is a growing network of community organisations, trade unions, church groups and concerned people, coordinating national campaigns around our aims. These workshops will help to plan the focus of these campaigns to build the movement for peace and independence.

IPAN website:

IPAN Facebook

IPAN email:

Phone: Annette Brownlie (Qld) 0431 597 256 Shirley Winton (Vic) 0417 456 001 Kathryn Kelly (ACT) 0417 269 984 Nick Deane (NSW) 0420 526 929 Stephen Darley (SA) 08 7329 8542 Jo Vallentine (WA) 0427 708 180 Jonathan Pillbrow (NT) 0403 611 815 Peter Jones (Tas) 03 6278 2380

Postal address: IPAN, c/o PO Box 573, Coorparoo, Qld 4151 Brisbane

Street address: 2nd Floor, Queensland Council of Unions, 16 Peel Street, South Brisbane


Politics in the Pub – Wage theft

Thursday 13 July
6:00pm - 8:00pm
43 Below Bar & Restaurant
43 Barrack St cnr Hay St Mall – opposite Perth Town Hall

Listen to guest speakers Kevin Sneddon (CFMEU legal), Holly Dawson (University student and hospitality worker) & George Johnston (RTBU) discuss what has been described as a new business model. Surplus value is no longer enough to satisfy employers’ greed.

Wage theft is the latest form of worker exploitation and it is becoming common practice. Hundreds of Australian workers are being robbed of their wages and entitlements, cuts to penalty rates, sham contracting, ABN employment, labour hire, day rates below the minimum Award rate, fake pay slips or no pay slips at all, no super or My leave contributions, use and overuse of temporary visa programs to hyper exploit labour.

We need to fight back and change these bad laws that allow employers to rob workers while preventing out basic right to get organised and withdraw our labour.

Chaired by the CPA

Food and drink at Pub prices, free entry

For more information contact: 0419812872 or

The Santiago de Cuba Carnival

Saturday 22 July
8:00pm til late
Fremantle Navy Club
Level 1 64 High Street (Corner Pakenham St) Fremantle

Join ACFS Perth to celebrate the spark of the Cuban Revolution. It has become a tradition in Cuba for lively and colourful celebrations to mark the beginning of the 26th July Revolutionary movement. The birth of the movement came about when a young Fidel Castro led a small band of young people to attack the Moncada Barracks. The attack failed but the movement that was born led to the overthrow of the Batista regime on 1st January 1959.

Join us Cuban style to dance the night away with local band LATIN FUSION and enjoy food and drinks available at Club prices. Try your luck with our raffle on the night. All proceeds to go to an education project in Bayamo, Cuba.

Information / bookings or 0419 812 872

Presale and Concession $20 ($25 at the door)

Book early to avoid disappointment


Public forum – Lenin, Globalisation and the challenges of 2017

Saturday July 8
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Granville Public Library Meeting Room
8 Carlton Street Granville

Assessing Lenin’s book: Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism

Commemorating the Centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution

Entry: $5 donation

Presentations by:

  • Anna Pha: political economist, former editor of the CPA newspaper The Guardian
  • Joe Collins: Faculty of Arts and Social Science, University of Sydney
  • Peter Murphy: International League of Peoples Struggles
  • Dr Drew Cottle: Senior Lecturer, University of Western Sydney

MC: Jane Corpuz-Brock: Migrante Australia

Community singing led by Migrante Kultura Singing Collective

Presentations will be up to 30 minutes each. There will be group discussion and general discussion, followed by a wrap up by Dr Drew Cottle.

Light refreshments available.

RSVP by July 6 to

Event sponsored by:

International League of Peoples Struggles - Australia

Migrante Australia

Philippines Australia Union Link

FILEF - Federation of Italian Migrant Workers & Their Families

Vigil demanding that the USA stop the blockade on Cuba

Monday July 17
Sydney Town Hall

Also to stop the subversion of funds against Cuba and return Guantánamo to the Cuban people.

Please join us.

Politics in the Pub

Gaelic Club
1/64 Devonshire Street Surry Hills

email: (Joe Nagy)
phone: 02 9489 0530 (Joe Nagy)


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