'Up the new channels': Student activism in Brisbane during Australia's Sixties

Piccini, Jon (2011) 'Up the new channels': Student activism in Brisbane during Australia's Sixties. Crossroads, 5 2: 75-86.

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Author Piccini, Jon
Title 'Up the new channels': Student activism in Brisbane during Australia's Sixties
Journal name Crossroads
ISSN 1833-878X
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 5
Issue 2
Start page 75
End page 86
Total pages 12
Editor Julie Washington
Tessa Jones
Jessica Pryde
Place of publication St Lucia, Qld., Australia
Publisher Crossroads
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract This paper seeks to locate the development of Brisbane’s New Left student movement within a growing body of transnational studies on ‘the sixties.’ In particular, it focuses on the interrelation between global issues such as the Vietnam War and the local realities of Queensland under the supposedly oppressive and philistine Country-Liberal government, and the role this played in cultivating a radical practice during the sixties and seventies. Appropriations of urban space, both on and off-campus, were vital to youth activists fashioning oppositional identities within the parameters of this transnational mediation. Foco Club, headquartered in what was then Trades Hall, provided a place for youth entertainment and political involvement on an otherwise culturally-sterile Sunday night, while students’ continued attempts to redefine The University of Queensland as a space for struggle, saw a variety of interlinked contestations with the state, administration and other, less radical, students. An important, if overlooked, period of Brisbane’s youth history is thus contextualised, placing the city firmly within a developing narrative of the transnational sixties.
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