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Australian Marxist Review
The AMR is the CPA’s periodical magazine of ideas, theory, policies, experience and discussion. In this issue – #57 – December 2014 : the world-wide struggle against capitalism and imperialism.
(Also available online for free including an extensive archive – donations to the Guardian Press Fund welcomed.)
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An Undivided Heart – An anthology of poetry by Vic Williams
by Vic Williams
New Age Publishers for the CPA, Australia, 2014
Paper back – 32 pages
My mates all call me Banjo Bill,
and sing this song as we throw and fill,
our backs are bent but our arms are strong,
and swing in time to our drawling song.
From “Banjo Bill”.
Forward by Hannah Middleton.
But now we want the land back
by Hannah Middleton
New Age Publishers, Sydney, 1977
Paper back – 202 pages
This is the first Marxist analysis of the history of the Australian Aborigines. It is a partisan book, carefully documented but also human and moving. The Aborigines have lived in Australia for at least 60,000 years; white people for 220. In the book the balanced and cooperative nature of Aboriginal traditional society, the brutal and tragic story of white colonisation and the growth of organised black resistance to discrimination and exploitation are analysed.
In the final section the place of the Aboriginal national minority in the Australian nation is shown and the role of the capitalist establishment, the media and ultra radical ideology in destroying the crucial land rights campaign and in splitting the Aborigines from their white working class allies is exposed. It ends with an assessment of the future for the first Australians and an appeal for unity in the struggle for their rights.
This book is essential reading for anyone committed to justice and equality for the Aboriginal people of Australia.
Cold tea for Brandy – A Tale of Protest, Painting and Politics
by Joan Coxsedge
Vulcan Press, Victoria, 2007
Paper back – 432 pages
Joan did not grow up on easy street. She started life in the Depression years in Ballarat and knows what it is to be evicted and to go without. Alcohol and gambling ate up the meagre family income. This personal, lively account of her early days is a reminder to older readers of those tough times and for younger readers a powerful picture of those days and how much has been achieved since then by the labour, women’s and other social movements.
Eureka and Beyond: Monty Miller – his own story
Editor Vic Williams,
Paper back – 110 pages
Eureka and Beyond: Monty Miller – his own story is a first-hand account of one of Australia’s most historic events written in a colourful and entertaining style. At a young age Monty Miller fought and was wounded in the Eureka Stockade in 1854. At 85 he was sentenced to six months hard labour for his leadership in the anti-conscription struggles in 1917.
As well as Monty’s own description of the Eureka Stockade, the book contains extracts from “Labour’s Road to Freedom” with an introduction by the great Communist writer Katharine Susannah Throssell (Pritchard). There is an introduction by Vic Williams along with his poem “Are You Ready Monty Miller?”
Finding the Threads
by Tricia Bowen
Paper back – 54 pages
In October 2005, Feltex Carpets retrenched 165 workers from its Braybrooks site. Some had worked there for 40 years. These are their stories – stories of shared lifetimes, families, food, friendship, injuries, jokes, fights, strikes and struggle and of many languages and cultures forging a community.
Finding the Threads captures the comradeship, the wisdom and the connections of this group of retrenched Feltex workers.
Flowers to Make Daguragu Pretty:
The Gurindji 1966-2016
by Hannah Middleton
Paper back – 36 pages
On August 22, 1966, a group of Aboriginal people walked off Wave Hill station where they were employed and the whole community walked to the local Welfare Settlement where they made camp on the banks of the Victoria River and began a strike for better wages and working conditions.
Later they moved on to Daguragu in the Northern Territory on the banks of Wattie Creek. It became clear that they wanted more than equal wages and working conditions but their land back and to take control of their lives.
Hannah Middleton lived and worked with the Gurindji at Daguragu from April 1970 to February 1971. Her booklet, Flowers to Make Daguragu Pretty: The Gurindji 1966-2016, published for the 50th anniversary of the walk-off, tells the story of the past 50 years and her small part in it.
Slipped Through the Net – The story of Melrose Desmond Donley
by Elly Inta
Paper back – 158 pages
Taken from his mother at the age of six months, Des Donley became a ward of state, in and out of foster homes and then on to a Salvation Army Orphanage. At 15 he was farmed out to a family as virtual slave labour, working from 3.30 in the morning until 9 at night, sleeping in shed with a prickly straw pillow. Only at the age of 18, he ended his isolation, entered the paid workforce, found girls, dancing, music and had a few drinks. He became a union delegate, joined the Communist Party and spent a life fighting for others. The fair skinned Des was in his 60s when he learnt of his Aboriginality. He is still fighting, at the age of 94, for his stolen wages.
The Traeger Kid
by Margaret Sharpe
Alternative Publishing Cooperative, Australia, 1983
Paper back– 108 pages
A delightful novel by Margaret Sharpe telling the story of an Aboriginal girl in Central Australia and her journey to Brisbane. It is revealing in its details, full of the warmth and joy of a child who gains pride in her own language, Aranda, and loves her country. There are a number of sub-themes about Aboriginal lifestyle and culture, differences between city and country life, the impact of land clearance by White settlers.
Written in the early 1980s, it is a trip down memory lane for older readers. Dr Sharpe knows her subject well. It is a book for children and adults alike. An enjoyable read.
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