Featured Speakers

Chris Owen


Chris has been researching Indigenous history for over 20 years. He is the author of two books, “It’s still in my heart, this is my country”: the Single Noongar Claim History, and, Every Mother's Son Is Guilty… Policing the Kimberley Frontier of Western Australia 1882-1905, the former being the recipient of the 2010 Australian Human Rights Award for Nonfiction. His research interests include colonial policing in the Kimberley, Aboriginal policy and governmental administration, and the social conditions at the frontiers of colonisation in Western Australia. He will be speaking at the conference in the session: “Colonisations Bitter Legacy: A History of Policing Indigenous History in WA.”

Sandra Bloodworth


Sandra has been an active socialist since the mid-1970s as part of a wide range of campaigns and strikes. She is co-editor of and contributor to Rebel Women in Australian Working Class History, author of How Workers Took Power: the 1917 Russian Revolution, and A Crime Beyond Denunciation. A Marxist Analysis of Capitalist Crisis. She has written on a wide range of topics including Aboriginal oppression, sexual oppression, the work of Lenin, Imperialism and the Middle East, and is on the editorial committee of the Marxist Left Review. She has contributed an article to the Review on the role of women in the Russian Revolution, and she will be presenting on that topic at the conference.

Charlie Fox


Author of Fighting Back: The Politics of the Unemployed in Victoria in the Great Depression, Charlie is a Labour historian of decades standing, and a committee member of the Perth Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History. He is the editor of the recently released book, Radical Perth Militant Fremantle, and will be speaking at the conference about the WA radical Katharine Susannah Prichard.

Vashti Kenway


Vashti is a member of the National Executive of Socialist Alternative. She became active in revolutionary politics in the anti-capitalist movement, was a founder of Students for Palestine in Melbourne. Vashti is a leading member of the Campaign Against Racism and Fascism (CARF) in Melbourne and a contributor to Marxist Left Review.

Mick Armstrong


Mick 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. Mick is author of What are we Fighting for? The Australian Student Movement from its Origins, Aboriginal Problems of Race and Class in Rick Kuhn (ed) Class and Struggle in Australia, and co-author The Labor Party. A Marxist Analysis. He has written on Australian labour history and the Middle East as well as contributing to the Marxist Left Review.