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040604** Humphrey McQueen - All Capital is Social

In 1934 the coal miners of Wonthaggi in the South Gippsland district went on strike. During the 20 week strike the workers and their wives organised themselves and relearned the skills they gave up to work in the mines. Livestock and grain farms were established, barbers gave free haircuts while others fixed boots and shoes. The First Women's Union Auxiliary was organised and the women visited other towns and regions to garner support for their menfolk. Red Wonthaggi was born. The most pressing threat to the government and the mine owners of the day was not the strike itself but the strength of the democratic processes that the miners established to govern their day to day and long term affairs in their own interests.

Humphrey McQueen is Australia's foremost dissident historian. For over 30 years he has been interpreting Australian society from a Marxian perspective. From his first ground breaking book A New Britannia to The Essence of Capitalism, McQueen has methodically and thoroughly examined the way capitalism has shaped the Australian consciousness. In August 2004, the University of Queensland Press will issue new editions of A New Britannia and Social Sketches of Australia, 1888 to 2001. Humphrey McQueen spoke at a seminar hosted by the Institute for Regional Studies at Monash University's Gippsland Campus in June 2004.

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