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Within the labour movement, there were widespread fears that women’s paid employment meant the lowering of men’s wages. Indeed women were paid at a much lower rate than men, and this often meant that they undercut them. Lower rates for non-white people heightened race fears. Such was the rhetoric and the reality. With conscription … Continue reading Women’s Employment during the War
‘Put your sword back in its place,” … “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.’ A rotten egg flies through the air. Adela Pankhurst is the women of the moment, the ‘star’ of the peace movement, the darling of the socialist left, and feted journalist of a series of provocative anti-war … Continue reading Adela Pankhurst in Queensland, 1916
Helen Huxham and Isabella Skirving Isabella Skirving was highly regarded as a ‘forceful and logical speaker’, a ‘born banner-bearer for Labor’, early president of the Shop Assistants Union, and represented at the State Labor conferences. Born in Rockhampton in 1867, by the war years Isabella Hyland had had long experience working alongside Emma Miller and … Continue reading LEADING LIGHTS: Isabella Skirving
The right to ‘freedom of speech’ is a long-standing tradition in Western democracies; in the Australian context it can mean the right of an individual to have direct access to the general public and ‘speak’, that is to stand on a soapbox and orate, lecture to and express one’s truth to those who are prepared … Continue reading Unrestricted Freedom of Speech without Interference from the Military or Police.