During the turbulent decade 1965-1975, a cultural revolution took place in Australia. The future was seeded with movements and ideas that changed Australian society and culture, and enlarged the space for democratic action. In A Turbulent Decade: Social Protest Movements and the Labour Movement, 1965-1975, edited by Beverley Symons and Rowan Cahill, veterans of the period recall and reflect upon the decade, often candidly, at times vulnerably so. The focus is Sydney and New South Wales, and a great deal that is new is added to the public record. The book covers the Anti-Vietnam War and Anti-Conscription Movements, the Student, New Left and Counter Culture Movements, Women’s Liberation, Gay and Lesbian Rights, Aboriginal Land Rights and Civil Rights, the Anti-Apartheid Movement, the Trade Union Movement, and the Australian Labor Party.
Contributors are Brian Aarons, Anthony Ashbolt, Wendy Bacon, Suzanne Bellamy, Lester Bostock, Charlie Bowers, Meredith Burgmann, Rowan Cahill, Jack Cambourn, Bruce Childs, Ken Davis, Diane Fieldes, Dulcie Flower, Graham Freudenberg, Hall Greenland, Bob Gould, Noreen Hewett, Suzanne Jamieson, Craig Johnston, Gillian Leahy, Greg Mallory, Race Mathews, Audrey McDonald, Tom McDonald, Peter McGregor, Jack Mundey, John Myrtle, Sue Tracey, Shane Ostenfeld, Joe Palmada, John Percy, Robyn Plaister, Mavis Robertson, Lyndall Ryan, Joyce Stevens, Paul True, Barrie Unsworth, Sue Wills.
Published by the Sydney Branch, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History. ISBN 0 909944 09 1. First published in 2005.