Dynamic community leader and communist Norm Dixon passed away on May 11. Rachel Evans reflects on his life.
Communist, trade unionist and class-struggle fighter for migrant rights George Zangalis died on March 25. Radicalised during the Greek civil war, Zangalis remained a fighter until the end, writes Sue Bolton.
Socialists around the world have paid tribute to veteran Canadian Marxist Ernie Tate, writes Alex Bainbridge.
Peter Simpson, “Simmo”, a stalwart of the Electrical Trades Union Queensland and NT branch has been widely hailed as a “legend” for putting the union and social justice ahead of party politics, writes Jim McIlroy.
Activist and writer David Graeber called himself a “small ‘a’ anarchist”, eschewed dogma and demonstrated a willingness to look beyond labels to the actual praxis of groups and individuals, writes John Tully.
Rod Webb became an left-wing activist during a period of cultural and political upheaval and, as a film festival director and a network programmer, his commitment to his principles never faltered, writes Greg Adamson.
Sheila Suttner will be remembered as an indefatigable worker who immersed herself in many struggles for justice, writes Michele Cohen.
Anti-apartheid freedom fighter, Denis Goldberg spent more than a quarter of his life in jail before he was released in 1985. He spent the remaining years speaking out against oppression and injustice before dying on April 29 in Cape Town at the age of 87, writes Raymond Suttner.
It is one more mind-boggling tragedy, in a world full of them, that COVID-19 can claim John Prine and yet Donald Trump is still alive, writes Carlo Sands.
John Passant passed away peacefully on April 5. Paul Oboohov recounts the life and achievements of this socialist activist, poet, lawyer, academic and tax expert.
Tony O’Beirne, who passed away last November, demonstrated in a very practical fashion that protecting jobs and the environment are not counterposed.
Bill Ryan, one of Australia's foremost environmental activists, has died in Sydney at the age of 97.
Greg Adler came into left-wing politics in the late 1960s at a time of great political turmoil in Brisbane.
The reactionary Joh Bjelke-Petersen government had moved to shackle the unions and crush dissent, provoking a series of mass protests. In 1969, Greg joined the Revolutionary Socialist Alliance, part of which went on to join the Socialist Labour League (SLL).
Bryce Gaudry, one of those rare politicians who put the public before personal interests, passed away on October 5.
Chris Gaffney passed away on August 14 after a lengthy battle with cancer. An eloquent speaker, walking encyclopaedia of Marxism, talented actor, aficionado of opera and lover of nature and the animals with which we share the planet, he is survived by his long-time partner Jenny Campbell, their son Danny and granddaughter Elsa.
Friend and comrade John Ellis, who died suddenly on June 15, was a life-long social justice activist and an active unionist.