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1975, Canberra- Squatters take over politician’s disused investment property

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 »

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South Vietnamese Embassy Squat, Canberra, 1984

Having been abandoned in 1975 after the South Vietnamese government lost power the regime’s former embassy in Canberra sat empty until it was squatted during a demonstration against homelessness by around 200 people in 1984.  Embarassed by the action the Federal ALP government took ownership of the buildings later in the year offering the squatters … Continue reading »

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1984, Melbourne: Footscray Tent Action

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1985, Sydney: Castle Cove Squatters

An article from the Sydney Morning Herald about those who were living in abandoned houses in the bush near Manly during the mid-1980s as well as the history of squatting in the area.

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Sydney, 2000-2001: SHAC and the Broadway Squats

The following pieces concerning the Sydney Broadway Squats and actions by the Sydney Housing Action Collective (SHAC) originally appeared in the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) newspaper Direct Action in 2000 and 2001. For plenty more on SHAC just click on the tag Sydney below.

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1981- Sydney Rocks Protest

Although BLF Green Bans and concerted resident campaigns during the first half of the 1970s saved much of the historic Rocks area from demolition tourism related gentrification and speculation saw developers and the state government continue to move working class Sydneysiders out of the suburb. On July 19th 1981 members of the The Rocks Push … Continue reading »

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1985, Canberra: Cambodian Embassy Squat

A year after the ACT Squatters Union set up a Homeless Embassy in the abandoned South Vietnamese embassy they moved into the similarly disused, and somewhat plush, Cambodian Embassy. This story appeared on the front page of the Canberra Times on 28 June, 1985.

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1989, Sydney: Broadway Squats, Round One

This story from Angry People magazine in 1992 discusses, in the context of moves to sell off parks, the first time shopfronts Sydney’s Broadway were squatted and evicted by South Sydney council. The squats were reoccupied in 2000 and held for a number of months.  

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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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2010: Redfern People’s Castle

Despite serving as a community hub housing ten people, a free shop and a free cafe the People’s castle in Redfern was evicted by the City of Sydney in 2010. The city then took another year and a half to open the homeless shelter it had promised during the eviction. Meanwhile the squatters moved onto … Continue reading »

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