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Listed under:  Society  >  Citizenship  >  Active citizenship  >  Dissent  >  Activism
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We Have To Live With It, 1974

This black-and-white clip opens with local resident Mrs Moran describing to a crowd the effect on her life of the shipping container trucks driving through the streets of her inner-city Sydney suburb of Balmain. Footage of noisy trucks is followed by a voice-over describing how a truck crashed into the front fence of her ...

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'Clean up Australia' 10th birthday promotional poster, 1999

This is a poster both celebrating the 10th birthday of 'Clean Up Australia' and asking for the community's continuing support on Sunday 7 March 1999. 'All we really want is your presence' is the main message. Under the text is a stylised representation of Australia, surrounded by a fan of golden yellow lines representing ...

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Sticker advocating zero population growth, 1977

This is a rectangular paper sticker calling for zero population growth, created in 1977 by the Zero Population Growth organisation in Queensland. 'TROUBLE PARKING?' is printed on along the top in a black jungle-style font on a pink background and 'SUPPORT ZERO POPULATION GROWTH' is printed across the bottom section in a ...

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Australian protest badges, 1985-95

These are five enamelled metal badges relating to environmental and Indigenous activism in Australia between 1985 and 1995. Each badge has symbols and slogans. The following text communicates the five messages: 'NO FORESTS / NO FUTURE', 'NO TIME TO WASTE / GREENPEACE', 'White Australia has a black history', 'MAY DAY 1993, ...

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Badge protesting against labelling of gay and lesbian minority, c1979

This is a circular badge with light blue background, featuring the word 'MEMBER' printed in white capital letters across the centre within a wide orange stripe. The words 'IMMORAL' and 'MINORITY', also in white capitals, are printed across the top and bottom respectively. There is slight rust at the top of the badge and ...

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'We're Not All Straight in the Garden State' badge, c1980

This is a round cream-coloured badge with a green perimeter and 'We're Not All Straight in the Garden State' inscribed in green across the face. The badge is plastic coated and has metal backing with a pin attached. Its diameter is 44 mm.

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Badge proclaiming pride in sexual orientation, c1980

This is a black metal badge with 'out proud and fighting' printed on it in stylised black-and-yellow print. There are yellow joined female symbols at centre left and yellow joined male symbols at centre right. At the bottom is a small yellow square containing the black letters 'IS'. The badge was in use at some time between ...

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Badge against presumption of heterosexuality, c1980

This is a circular mottled fawn-coloured badge with 'How dare you presume I'm heterosexual' printed across its centre. The words are black except for 'dare', which is pink. The diameter of this badge is 4.40 cm

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Protest badges, c1970-90

These seven badges with coloured social/political messages and graphics were made and worn during the 1970s and 1980s. Five call for the legalisation of marijuana (cannabis). The sixth advocates voting for the Liberal Party and the seventh has an anti-nuclear message.

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Ted Egan

In this interview, Ted Egan reflects on his life in remote communities, the inequalities between black and white Australians, the dilemma of holding power over the communities in which he worked and his changing attitude to land rights. 'Ted Egan' is an excerpt from the program 'Ted Egan' (26 min), an episode of 'Australian ...

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Australia's heritage, 2009: Wattie Creek

'Wattie Creek' is an episode from the series 'Australia's heritage - national treasures with Chris Taylor', produced in 2009. In the clip, Taylor talks about the Wave Hill walk-off. He asks the viewer to imagine being asked to work for little or no money while being given only flour, sugar and tea for food, and only a tin ...

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Collaborating for Indigenous rights, 1957-73

Developed by the National Museum of Australia, this website focuses on activists' campaigns for the civil and land rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The website has seven sections: the fight for civil rights; the struggle for land rights; people; organisations; a timeline; a map; and resources. ...

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US race riots, 1968

Imagine a country arming its police force with tanks, heavy weapons and chemicals to combat its own people. This extract shows the escalation of violence and the results of racism in the USA in 1968. Army, police and fire units are shown practising new riot control activities in preparation for expected violent demonstrations ...

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Race riots after the death of Martin Luther King

Discover what the USA was trying to come to terms with in 1968 after the assassination of Martin Luther King. Destruction and killing in more than 100 cities is what followed the event. This Weekend Magazine special report features African American civil rights activist Floyd McKissick commenting on the riots and calling ...

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Forms of protest

Imagine the internal conflict for an African American policeman in 1968 New York. Against a background of race riots stimulated by racial inequality, African American policeman Chief-Inspector Frederick Waithe must convince African Americans to act within the law. At the same time he sympathises with their grievances.

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Indigenous Australian activism, 1974

For generations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have sought to regain custodianship of the land taken from them since the arrival of Europeans in Australia. In the early 1970s, protests and demonstrations signified the beginning of the Land Rights movement. In this clip, Indigenous Australian activist Sam ...

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Aunty Ida West: Tasmanian Aboriginal Elder, 1995

Imagine being told not to speak your own language to your family and friends. Even worse, imagine being told that your whole culture had vanished, when you know it has not. These challenges were faced by Aboriginal people in the 20th century. In this clip, discover how Aunty Ida West's background and life experiences forged ...

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The Durack station returns to Aboriginal ownership

Since the early 1880s the Durack family owned and managed vast cattle properties in Western Australia's Kimberley region, dependent on the labour and company of local Aboriginal people. Shortly after the family sold their final lease to the Australian Government in the early 1970s, the land was returned to its traditional ...

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Perspectives on the Exxon Valdez oil spill

What happens to the ocean, and to the people who depend upon it, when a massive oil tanker spews oil? In 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil spill polluted waterways and killed the fish that locals in Alaska depended upon to make a living. In this 2008 clip, members of the local community explain how, almost two decades later, they ...

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Strike for better pay and conditions

How can not going to work help to improve pay? Find out the reasons why school teachers went on strike in June 2008. See how strike action can be used by workers to improve their working conditions and pay.