The 1938 Dalfram dispute involved workers at Port Kembla in Australia striking and refusing to load iron on a ship bound for Japan in 1938.
This topic focuses on Australian social movement history. There is so much to learn from the stories of past collective action for social and ecological justice. Learning social movement history can provide insights about strategy, a vast toolbox of potential tactics, and abundant inspiration.
Frontline Action on Coal (FLAC) have used blockades and non-violent direct action to oppose new fossil fuel projects in Australia.
Activism and Campaign history – A range of resources about the history of First Nations, social and labour movements in Australia and beyond.
Learn about the Divestment campaign case study in Australia which aimed to secure commitments from institutions to divest from fossil fuels.
An in-depth account of the hundreds of campaigns and actions that were carried out across Australia against the war and conscription.
The story of Vida Goldstein & the Women’s Political Association through their own words via a series of excerpts from speeches & publications.
Be inspired with this list of movies and documentaries about social movement struggles, victories and leaders – Selma, Milk, Silkwood, Norma Rae, Gandhi and more.
Read an account of Perth’s first two major conservation campaigns, the preservation of Kings Park bushland and the survival of Mounts Bay.
Learn how workers in Weipa forced a mining company to accommodate collective bargaining by combining strike action and a port blockade.
Brave Enough to say ‘No’: William White and the Fight against Military Conscription during the Vietnam War
Learn about the teacher’s, William White, fight against Military Conscription during the Vietnam War in Australia.
Read about the role that women played in unemployed movements during the Depression Years in Australia in this book excerpt by Janey Stone.
A campaign case study template to get you started in capturing the details of your campaign to capture lessons for others and the future.
This article provides tips and template for writing activist case studies that provide campaigners with opportunities to learn from peers and the past.
Watch this video presentation about beer strikes and the history of hotel / pub boycotts in Australia in the early 1900s.
Points of Assumption – A list of Australian examples of tactics and actions that have reframed debates and beliefs and made social change.
Australian examples of actions that intensify impact in terms of ensuring visibility, challenging opponents, and disrupting narratives.
Radical Science Fiction – Watch videos from a symposium held in 2022 focused on the links between sci-fi and forms of activism.
Learn about the Sydney Opera House ‘work-in’ carried out by construction workers who expelled management & continued work under workers’ control.
How workers at the Nymboida coal mine in NSW resisted mass sackings by taking over and running the mine themselves in 1975. firstly through an occupation and then via union ownership.
Lines of Resistance: A Symposium on Media, Arts & Activism that profiles research on the role of media and visual arts in activist movements.