Author Archives: the curators
The Brisbane Solidarity Network put out a new edition of their Crisis! handbook at the end of 2016. It includes a squatter’s handbook and crucial information for those experiencing homelessness and chronic poverty about obtaining food, shelter and support. A PDF is available here.
In the following talk Liz provides an account of the 2008-2009 Student Housing Action Co-operative (SHAC) campaign and discusses its background and strategy. For more than five months 50 students were housed at 272-278 Faraday Street Carlton and the space was also used as a social centre and open community space. The squat and its … Continue reading
From December 1-4 the Mess The West II Fest will be held at venues in Footscray and Yarraville. Celebrating DIY culture and resistance it will include a cafe night, bands, performances, a warehouse party, workshops and a flea market. Amongst a bunch of workshops held at Hot Shots (corner Buckley and Nicholson Streets, Footscray) on … Continue reading
In the following talk Margaret, Peter and Jessica share their memories of squatting in Sydney and Brisbane during the 1970s. The talk was recorded by by Laurel at the Squatting Past and Present gathering held at Hot Shots on August 27 2016.
Australia’s first domestic violence shelter, dubbed ‘Elsie’, was set up in squatted properties in Glebe in 1974. The following article by Mandy Sayers, which appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, on April 12 2014 discusses the women and children it has supported over 40 years and how it came to be set up. 40 years … Continue reading
A Sydney gathering celebrating squatting and resistance. According to the Facebook event page: From 2 – 7pm there will be a number workshops about squatting and security culture. At 5pm there will be a presentation by anarchists and antifascist activists from Burma, and a report on ongoing repression in Malaysia. At 6pm there’ll be talks … Continue reading
To celebrate nearly five months of occupation as well as to maintain pressure on the Victorian government not to evict the 50 or so people living in properties left empty following the cancellation of the East-West tunnel scheme the residents of Bendigo Street are holding a street party.
Hot Shots Monthly Skillshare presents: SQUATTING IN AUSTRALIA – PAST AND PRESENT An afternoon of discussions, talks and skillshares exploring squatting in Australia, its history, current campaigns, practical skills and more. Lunch available from 12 12:30 – Squatting history A panel will give short talks about squats and campaigns that occured nationally during the 1940s, … Continue reading
On April 3rd 1975 a dozen squatters took over an empty property in Braddon belonging to Liberal MLA Ray Saunders. As the news articles below demonstrate the politician called in police to eject them within a matter of days, but not before they’d brought the public’s attention to the growing number of evictions occuring in … Continue reading
Pat Fiske’s excellent 1985 documentary Rocking The Foundations tells the story of the NSW Builder’s Labourers Federation during the 1970s. Run as a genuinely democratic organisation seeking workers’ control over the direction and outcomes of their labour, the NSW BLF formed alliances with squatters, environmentalists, feminists, Indigenous groups and others before being stamped out by … Continue reading