Recent articles

Here are our 10 most recent articles.

  • With friends like these October 20, 2019 - Tetchy relations between business and the Liberal Party are far from new by Norman Abjorensen A non-Labor government in Canberra might ordinarily expect solid support from business — even if only because it is self-interestedly preferable to the alternative, with its presumed tilt towards the unions. But it’s not quite as simple as that. History […]
  • A socialist’s republic August 5, 2019 - The republic referendum – 20 years on ‘A socialist’s republic’ by Humphrey McQueen November 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the unsuccessful referendum on whether Australia should become a republic. Strange that such an important issue should have lain dormant for so long. To mark the occasion we present Humphrey McQueen’s article ‘A socialist’s republic’ […]
  • Clarrie O’Shea – The trade union leader who went to gaol May 10, 2019 - by John Merritt This month (May 2019) marks the 50th anniversary of the gaoling of Victorian Tramways Union leader Clarrie O’Shea (1905-1988).  O’ Shea was gaoled in 1969 by the notorious Sir John Kerr for refusing to hand over the union’s financial records. His imprisonment sparked a massive strike wave across the country and effectively […]
  • Why did Australia go to the great war? April 14, 2019 - We gratefully acknowledge permission from the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society at UNSW to publish this excellent collection of seminar papers on Australia’s involvement in World War 1. Click here to access the papers.                         ______________________________________________________ ACSACS Occasional Paper Series No. 8 Why did Australia go to the great war? […]
  • Our Forgotten Prime Minister October 8, 2018 - Stephen Holt Australian Prime Ministers get to have a federal electorate named after them after they die. There are 22 deceased Australian Prime Ministers and after the latest redistribution there are, seemingly in line with this practice, 22 federal seats bearing the name of a deceased Prime Minister. There is an anomaly though and it […]
  • The ‘Spanish’ Influenza Pandemic in Australia, 1912-19 June 20, 2018 -   Humphrey McQueen  (Originally published in Social Policy in Australia – Some Perspectives 1901-1975. Edited by Jill Roe. Cassell Australia 1976) SIX MONTHS BEFORE the Armistice ended the Great War a new and more deadly scourge was unleashed upon the world. Popularly known as ‘Spanish’ flu it killed twenty million people within twelve months.
  • Ghost of bankers past may come to haunt Shorten June 18, 2018 - Bob Crawshaw (First published in The Canberra Times 21 April 2016) You can almost hear the ghost of prime minister Ben Chifley applauding Bill Shorten’s calls for a royal commission into Australian banking. Yet while Chifley might approve of Shorten’s efforts, he would probably think they do not go far enough.
  • What happened to Childe? June 10, 2018 - V. Gordon Childe (1892-1957) made himself the most influential Australian scholar in the humanities and social sciences. Forty years after his death, his ideas stimulate thinkers well beyond his own field of Prehistoric archaeology. Humphrey McQueen has returned to Childe’s writings to reflect on current disputes about facts, theorising and politics in the piecing together […]
  • The New Guard June 3, 2018 - Originally published in Workers Online 2003: Andrew Moore Who were Australia’s fascists in the 1930s and was John Howard’s father in the New Guard? Labour historian, Andrew Moore, uncovers some surprising information about Australia’s fascist past.
  • Dr Marx, Professor Childe and manure: some rather crude materialism December 11, 2017 - The V. Gordon Childe Memorial Lecture Blackheath History Forum Saturday, 9 September 2017 Dr Marx, Professor Childe and manure: some rather crude materialism by Humphrey McQueen Dirty words Our text at this Evensong is taken from Deuteronomy, chapter 23, verses 13-14: