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2010s

2016, Brisbane: New edition of Crisis! Homelessness Handbook available

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.

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2016, Melbourne: Mess The West II Fest Squatting Talk

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 »

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2016: Squatfest, Sydney

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 »

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2016, Melbourne: Bendigo Street Party, 28 August

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.

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2016, Melbourne- Squatting in Australia, Past and Present

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 »

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Homeless Persons Union of Victoria, Collingwood Occupation, Melbourne, 2016

The Homeless Persons Union of Victoria and supporters have been occupying six disused properties in Bendigo Street Collingwood since March 30th 2016. The houses were originally purchased by the Victorian state government so that they could be demolished as part of the East-West Link tollway project which was scrapped following a hard fought campaign of … Continue reading »

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2014, Sydney: Hat Factory Eviction

After being squatted for 13 years the Hat Factory was evicted on 31st July. Around 50 police cordoned off half of Wilson St, Newtown from 3.30pm, but due to extensive barricading took three hours to get through a door with a circular saw and then secure the building. Originally used for housing, in recent years … Continue reading »

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2010, Sydney: Radio Interview with Squatters and the story of Kinema

 For 6 months in 2010 a household of squatters lived in a fairly fancy property in Sydney and hosted some film nights. Uilleam tells the story below. For an interview with him and another squatter about a long term squatted home and cafe that appeared on Community Radio FBi, visit here. For more tales of … Continue reading »

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2009, Brisbane/Ipswich: Brisbane Solidarity Network Homeless Guide and Queensland Squatters Handbook

The Brisbane Solidarity Network have produced an excellent squatting handbook for Queenslanders which can be downloaded from here. Their practical and insightful 128 page Crisis guide also provides survival strategies and information for Brisbanites finding themselves without housing or on the edge of homelessness. To download a copy or find out about the group’s campaign … Continue reading »

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2013, Melbourne: New novel set in 1980s squatting and punk scenes

Synopsis from amazon.com: Rejected by suburbia for being a freak, Agro finds acceptance in the Melbourne hardcore punk scene of the 1980’s, where mates and music are everything. Moving from squat to squat she and her friends survive thugs, prostitute rings, police raids, bikie gangs and thieving speed addicts. Despite the bleakness of their lifestyle … Continue reading »

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