It’s still right to rebel
Only struggle availeth.
‘What’s the good news from Canberra?’ Jack Mundey always wanted to know when we visited him and Judy in their two-up and two-down brick unit in Croyden Park. We welcomed Jack’s unintended reprimand as a reminder to look further than the headlines, to see through the parliamentary circus. We could report how retired unionists combined in Vintage Reds to picket worksites and courthouses; and how the AEU’s latest EBA required school principals negotiate teaching loads with the Union sub-branches. Jack did not need us to be reminded of the crimes he had spent his life opposing.
SIX THINGS WE LEARNT FROM JIM SHARP
Yorkshire-born, Brisbane Communist Jim Sharp died on 6 November aged 85. Continue reading
Following are three pieces for the Bulletin in 1999-2000.
Rumours no longer exaggerated: an obit for Gough
The Bulletin commissioned and paid for this obituary in 2,000 but it died first.
The passing of Edward Gough Whitlam signifies more than the death of one man. Whitlam is the only Labor prime minister whose name became an –ism, an endowment which continues to evoke veneration and loathing. He will wish to be remember for his policies, the theme of this reflection. Continue reading
The inspiring (2014) State memorial service for Gough Whitlam in Sydney’s Town Hall was a reminder of the powerful impact of State funerals. Over the years Sydneysiders have witnessed a number of impressive funerals for public figures. Continue reading