A taste of some of the small actions and major events which challenged the state of Australian society and pointed to better ways forward during the month of June.
Note: We roll each month’s dates into our ‘live’ From Little Things Big Things Grow chronology which is continually being added to. We welcome your additions.
1 July 2013, Melbourne: Hundreds of Burger Off campaign supporters begin picketing and occupying the site of a proposed MacDonalds store in Tecoma.
2 July 1994, Pemberton: Western Australia’s first forest blockade is launched near Pemberton leading to an immediate two-week moratorium on logging in the four areas targeted by environmentalists.
4 July 2003, Perth: After a year of campaigning environmentalists prevent the destruction of Ningaloo reef.
5 July 2002, Adelaide: The Stamford Plaza Hotel backs down on introducing a threatened 33% pay cut after room attendants take industrial action.
7 July 1980, NSW: Protesters against sand mining at Middle Head beach disrupt preliminary work by occupying the site and pulling fence posts out as soon as contractors put them in.
8 July 1915: The Women’s Peace Army is formed to fight conscription.
9 July 2003, Wollongong: As part of action against statewide education staff cuts and increases in student fees, unionists at the Upper Illawarra Institute of TAFE place an indefinite ban on the collection and processing of money related to enrolments.
July 10, 1984, Melbourne: The Unemployed Workers Union occupy a Commonwealth Employment Service office removing cards advertising jobs paying less than minimum award rates and demanding toilets and childcare facilities.
July 11 1974, Sydney: Union action forces Frank Sinatra to apologise for branding Australian journalists “pimps” and “hookers”.
July 12 1976: 1.6 million people, close to half the Australian workforce, strike over the Fraser government’s attacks on Medibank.
July 14 2004, South Australia: The Kupa Piti Kungka Tjuta senior Aboriginal women’s council wins a six-year battle to prevent the federal government from dumping nuclear waste on their lands.
July 16 1984, Darwin: Two stowaways and a protest flotilla delay a uranium shipment from leaving Australia onboard the British carrier the Clydebank.
July 19 1917, Perth: The WA Trades Hall Council warns that strike action will meet any attempt to sack workers for refusing to enlist in the military.
July 20 2010, Sydney: Over 5000 building workers and others rally in support of unionist Ark Tribe as he faces a South Australian court over his refusal to answer questions from the Australian Building and Construction Commission about union activities.
July 21, 1982, Northern NSW: The Nightcap Action Group begins blockading old growth logging at Grier’s Scrub.
July 23 1980, Perth: Psychiatric nurses at Swanbourne Hospital end a week-long strike over the sacking of a unionist for conducting a safety survey.
July 24 1998: Students across Australia stage high school walk outs over the racist policies of One Nation.
28 July 1933, Melbourne: 1000s of unemployed rally in Bourke Street against work for the dole schemes.
30 July 1970, Melbourne: Members of the women’s group Save Our Sons hold an anti-war protest at Doncaster Shopping Town.
31 July 1832, Sydney: 14 convicts are sentenced to flogging after they strike over the poor quality of their rations.
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