How To Make Trouble and Influence People: Pranks, Graffiti, & Political Mischief-Making from Across Australia
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How to Make Trouble and Influence People is a revelation of Australia's radical past through more than 500 tales of Indigenous resistance, convict revolts and escapes, picket line hijinks, student occupations, street art, media pranks, urban interventions, squatting, blockades, banner drops, guerrilla theatre and billboard liberation. In this masterpiece of radicalism, Australian activists have been interviewed about their opposition to racism, war, economic exploitation and religious conservatism. Every act of mischief is tied together by humour and creativity.
in Ecclesiastes, it says about how King David danced before the Lord.” He does this dramatic thing in Footloose, arguing the case for dancing and wins over his priest. So I went back to my school, to the Rabbi, and I used all the arguments and quotes that Kevin Bacon used in Footloose to try to convince him that dancing was okay. When that failed we went and danced Footloose — me in my ’80s gear and some girls in their ’80s gear — on the schoolgrounds. And that was … that was fun! Have you been
support for their beloved ruler. SYDNEY, 1888 The first Australian women’s newspaper, The Dawn, is founded by Louisa Lawson. Defying a boycott campaign against its advertisers and physical harassment from the NSW Typographical Association, which refuses women membership, the newspaper successfully employs an all-female staff. MELBOURNE, 1889 As part of ongoing industrial action that has hit the city’s construction trade, work on Paliamentary buildings is halted when masons successfully strike
became more apparent, enlistment dried up and the Army was unable to meet British demands. Forced to put the issue to a national vote via a referendum, which was narrowly defeated, conscription split the Australian Labor Party (ALP). Expelled from the party PM Billy Hughes, a former union radical, formed a Nationalist coalition and forced the country back to the ballot box for a second referendum in 1917. Despite the draconian suppression of his opponents, which saw the syndicalist Industrial
invites ABC TV’s Four Corners and other members of the media to attend a ceremonial cutting of the wire. This is followed by a trip to the other end of the wire, an ASIO listening post hastily vacated some hours before. NORTH WEST CAPE, 1973 A Maoist “Long March” to Western Australia’s remote US military base also features a “Quick March” for lazy and/or busy lefties. SYDNEY, 1973 Members of Gay Liberation hold a series of “zap” actions throughout the city handing out “Are You A Poofta?”
Commonwealth Avenue bridge in response to a car knocking over a rider. Photographs courtesy of Friends of the Earth, Melbourne. ‘70s POSTERS Homosexuals Fight Back! c. 1978. Courtesy of Gay and Lesbian Archives Collection. Stop Uranium Mining, Without Authority Poster Collective, 1978. International Women’s Day, Marie McMahon, Jan Fieldsen, Bridgit Bogart, 1979. Earthworks Poster Collective, The Tin Sheds Art Workshop, University of Sydney. Screenprint. Poster Courtesy of JURA Collection