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
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
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.
A round up of squatting activities happening in Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney from the Victorian Squatters Union’s 1984 Opening Doors handbook.
In the mid-1980s the ACT had its own Squatters Union. Here’s an ad for it as well as a report on squatting in the city from Squat It #4.