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2008, Melbourne: A talk about the Student Housing Action Co-operative (SHAC) campaign

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 »

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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, 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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1984, Melbourne: Footscray Tent Action

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1929-1935, Melbourne: Lock Out The Landlords, A Walking Tour of Unemployed Resistance in Brunswick

The economic depression of the 1930s saw mass unemployment across Australia with working class areas hit hardest. These depredations did not go unopposed as across the city pickets, occupations and protests were organised to demand jobs and welfare as well as disrupt and prevent the evictions of unemployed people.  A history walk visiting some of … Continue reading »

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1988-1989, Melbourne, Squatters Union of Victoria activity

More chronologies from Squat It! outlining the SUV’s activities during 1988 and 1989. Unfortunately the chronologies for September-October 1988 are missing as we do not have a copy of issue #16. If anyone can help out then please contact us at

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1987, Melbourne, Squatters Union of Victoria activity

The Squatters Union of Victoria was highly active during 1987, the UN’s International Year of Shelter for the Homeless, as the following timelines from the group’s zine Squat It! demonstrate.

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Late 1980s/Early 1990s, Melbourne and Sydney: Squatting stickers and posters

Some squatting related stickers and posters contributed by Ann.

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