Mick Armstrong has been active in a wide range of struggles and strikes since the late 1960s, including more recently the Victorian Peace Network and campaigns in solidarity with the Palestinian people. Author of 1,2,3, What are we Fighting for? The Australian Student Movement from its Origins to the 1970s, “Aboriginal Problems of Race and Class” in Rick Kuhn (ed.), Class and Struggle in Australia, and co-author of The Labor Party. A Marxist Analysis, he has written on Australian labour history and the Middle East.
Sandra Bloodworth has been active since the mid-1970s in a wide range of campaigns and strikes including the campaign to stop the Jabiluka uranium mine and the Refugee Action Collective. She is co-editor of and contributor to Rebel Women in Australian Working Class History, and author of How Workers Took Power: the 1917 Russian Revolution, and A Crime Beyond Denunciation. A Marxist Analysis of Capitalist Crisis. She has also written on Aboriginal oppression, imperialism and the Middle East.
Adam Bottomley has been a member of the Australian Services Union since 2002, and a delegate since 2008. As the Education Officer at La Trobe University in 2005 he played a leading role in the anti-Voluntary Student Union campaign. He is a member of Socialist Alternative, and has been involved in a wide range of struggles, more recently, in the campaign to support the Baiada chicken workers' strike.
Tom Bramble has been a socialist activist since the late 1970s. He is a senior lecturer in industrial relations at the University of Queensland. He has published four books and 50 journal articles and book chapters on political economy and the labour movement in Australia and overseas. Tom’s most recent book is Labor’s Conflict: Big Business, Workers and the Politics of Class, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 2011 (with Rick Kuhn).
Diane Fieldes has been active since the early 1970s in many campaigns such as those for Aboriginal rights and against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in the Refugee Action Coalition. She teaches at the University of New South Wales. Author of “From Exploitation to Resistance and revolt: the working class” in Rick Kuhn (ed.), Class and Struggle in Australia, and “Equal Pay: The Insurance Industry Struggle, 1973-75” in Sandra Bloodworth and Tom O’Lincoln (eds.), Rebel Women in Australian Working Class History.
Ben Hillier has been involved in student struggles, the Refugee Action Collective, anti-war and Palestine solidarity campaigns. He has contributed to Counterpunch and the journal Marxist Interventions. He is co-editor of Socialist Alternative magazine and the Socialist Alternative website www.sa.org.au
Allyson Hose has been active since the mid-1990s in campaigns to defend student unions and in numerous anti-racism campaigns, most recently the campaign against the NorthernTerritory Intervention. She is the co-author of Women’s Oppression, Class and Capitalism (with Sandra Bloodworth and Fleur Taylor).
Cecilia Judge been a member of the Australian Services Union since 2005. She was a delegate at the time of the Equal Pay campaign. At present she is the vice-chair of the ASU Metropolitan Delegates Committee in Melbourne. She is a member of Socialist Alternative and has participated in the campaigns to legalise abortion in Victoria and against the NT Intervention.
Rick Kuhn has been active in numerous campaigns since the mid-1970s; he was the convener of the anti-war coalition in Canberra opposing the invasion of Iraq. He teaches at Australian National University. His many writings include contributions to Class and struggle in Australia and a forthcoming book, with Tom Bramble, Labor’s conflict: big business, workers and the politics of class; he is a co-editor of Marxist Interventions.
Tess Lee Ack has been an active socialist and a member of the teachers' union since the early 1970s. She is the author of The Marxist Tradition and Women's Liberation and co-author with Sandra Bloodworth of Genocide: The Australian Way.
Corey Oakley began his political activism as a student in the late 1990s; he was involved in the anti-capitalist movement of the early 2000s, the campaigns against the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and is currently active in Refugee Action Collective. He is the editor of Socialist Alternative magazine and the Socialist Alternative website www.sa.org.au.
Louise O’Shea was active in student politics in the anti-capitalist movement of the early 2000s and National Union of Students Education Officer in 2006. She has been involved in the campaigns against the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and is presently active in the same-sex marriage campaign.
Liz Ross has been active in women’s and gay liberation and socialist politics since the early 1970s. Author of “Dedication doesn’t pay the rent! The 1986 Victorian Nurses Strike” in Sandra Bloodworth and Tom O’Lincoln (eds.), Rebel Women in Australian Working Class History, Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win! Builders Labourers Fight Deregistration, 1981-94 and “Building Unions and Government Reform: the Challenge for Unions” in the Journal of Australian Political Economy.