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
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
A video showing a variety of actions undertaken by Sydney’s Squatspace collective including them setting an Unreal Estate agency in Newcastle’s Hunter Street Mall in 2002.
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
After 3 months occupation of a disused student college owned by the Catholic church a group of Sydney squatters were evicted in September 2011. For more on the squat check out this page.
A 2001 interview with Predator about Sydney’s Broadway squats and squatting in general. From Sydney Indymedia: “In 1997, Predator helped set up Catalyst, a radical community activist tech collective in Sydney, Australia. They went on to provide information technology services for a wide range of activist and commmunity based organisations around both Sydney and … Continue reading
In early 2002 activists previously involved with the Broadway Squats and other projects decided to venture out of the inner-city to squat an amazing abandoned ballroom in Homebush. The following film by Anna Vo and pieces from the squat.net archives recount a little of the space’s ten month history.
Resistance to freeway construction and squatting have often gone hand in hand. All around the world the eviction of tenants and the compulsory purchase of homes by developers and governments has often led people to occupy and squat emptied properties in attempts to stop their destruction. One of many campaigns, and a successful one, that … Continue reading
In May 2004 a warehouse on Albert St in East Brunswick was squatted in order to hold the State of Emergency gathering. Over 500 people attended workshops, forums and film screenings that attempted to address “the new forms of state power, war and neo-liberalism that pervade everyday life.” Plenty of fun was also had with … Continue reading
The Student Housing Action Co-operative (SHAC) campaign ran for almost five months during 2008-2009. Over 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 attendant campaign not only put abandoned houses to good use, but also raised … Continue reading