Our Authors

Kaye Broadbent has engaged with the Japanese language for over 30 years both personally and professionally. As a University lecturer she has taught and written about labour studies with a special interest in Japan and the conditions of Japan’s workers. She has co-authored a chapter with Tom O'Lincoln on Japanese resistance to Japan's militarism in Donny Gluckstein (ed), Fighting on All Fronts, (Bookmarks: 2015). Kaye is a member of Socialist Alternative, an Australian revolutionary socialist organisation. Kaye is the editor and English translator of Against the Storm: How Japanese Printworkers Resisted the Military Regime, 1935—1945 (Japanese original by Sugiura Masao), published by Interventions in 2019.

Charlie Fox taught Australian History at the University of Melbourne and The University of Western Australia before retiring at the end of 2011. He has published widely on histories of work, unemployment, intellectual disability, and radical political and cultural movements. At present he does occasional walking tours of radical Perth and Fremantle. He is co-editor of and contributor to Radical Perth Militant Fremantle (Interventions 2019).

Tom Freeman was a lifelong revolutionary, and a member of the International Socialist Tendency for nearly 30 years. His PhD thesis was edited by Sandra Bloodworth and published posthumously by Interventions in 2017 under the title Lenin’s Interventionist Marxism.

Ben Hillier is an editor of Red Flag and a member of Socialist Alternative in Australia. He is the author of Losing Santhia: Life and loss in the struggle for Tamil Eelam (Interventions 2019).

Lenore Layman is a Western Australian historian. Among her publications are Organise! A visual record of the Western Australian labour movement, Powering Perth: The East Perth Power Station and the electrification of Perth and 110 in the Waterbag: A history of life, work and leisure in Leonora, Gwalia and the Northern Goldfields. She was also the historian member of the team that produced the Australian Asbestos Network website on the health disaster of asbestos use in Australia. She is co-author of Radical Perth Militant Fremantle (Interventions 2019).

Sugiura Masao was born in 1914 and started work as a type picker in a Tokyo printworks at the age of 12. By the age of 21, he was a leader of the Tokyo printworkers strike committee, which went on to form the first trade union in the Japanese printing trades. Sugiura was arrested in 1942 for his union activism and spent the rest of the war in prison. He later became General Secretary of the All Japan Print and Publishing Workers Union. He has published extensively on union building and activism. He is the author of the original Japanese version of Against the Storm: How Japanese Printworkers Resisted the Military Regime, 1935—1945 translated by Kaye Broadbent and published in English by Interventions in 2019.

Allen Myers joined the socialist movement in the United States in 1965. Migrating to Australia in 1974, he joined the tendency known at different times as Socialist Workers League, Socialist Workers Party, Democratic Socialist Party and Revolutionary Socialist Party. Along with the rest of the RSP, in 2013 he joined Socialist Alternative. His main role in the socialist movement has been as a writer and editor. He is currently an assistant editor of Marxist Left Review and a subeditor and contributor to Red Flag. Allen is the editor of Against the Stream (Vol 2 of the History of the DSP) (Interventions 2017) and Keeping the Red Flag Flying (Vol 3 of the History of the DSP) (Interventions 2020).

Tom O’Lincoln has been active in left politics since 1967, in Germany, the US and Australia. He is the author of many books including Into the Mainstream: the Decline of Australian Communism; Years of Rage: Social Conflicts in the Fraser Era; Australia’s Pacific War: Challenging a National Myth and ‘The Expropriators are Expropriated’ and Other Writings on Marxism (Interventions 2015) . His political memoirs, The Highway is for Gamblers, was published by Interventions in 2017.

Sam Oldham is an interdisciplinary researcher based in Melbourne. His work on trade unions has won the Gollan Prize for Australian Labour History and the Monash University Historical Studies Masters Prize. He has been a member of several unions and a branch chair for the New Zealand secondary teachers’ union. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Melbourne. His first book Without Bosses: Radical Australian Trade Unionism in the 1970s will be published by Interventions in 2020.

Bobbie Oliver is an Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia. Prior to retiring in 2018, she was Associate Professor of History at Curtin University. She has published two books with Interventions in 2019. She is the author of A Natural Battleground: The fight to establish a rail heritage centre at Western Australia’s Midland Railway Workshops and is co-editor of and contributor to Radical Perth Militant Fremantle.

John Percy
For half a century until his death in 2015, John Percy was a central figure in the effort to build a revolutionary socialist party in Australia. Radicalised in the 1960s, he was a founder and leader of the revolutionary youth group Resistance, then of the Socialist Workers League, which became the Socialist Workers Party and Democratic Socialist Party. John filled many roles over the years: branch organiser, editor, writer, political candidate, national president, national secretary, public speaker. Expelled from the DSP as part of a minority in 2008, John was instrumental in establishing and leading the Revolutionary Socialist Party, which in 2013 joined Socialist Alternative. John is the author of Against the Stream (Vol 2 of the History of the DSP) (Interventions 2017) and Keeping the Red Flag Flying (Vol 3 of the History of the DSP) (Interventions 2020).

Liz Ross has been active in Women’s and Gay Liberation and socialist politics since the early 1970s. She is a founder member and now life member of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives (ALGA). As a union delegate in the 1980s and 1990s she was involved in and has written extensively about workers struggles. Author of ‘Dedication doesn’t pay the rent! The 1986 Victorian Nurses Strike’ in Sandra Bloodworth and Tom O’Lincoln (eds), Rebel Women in Australian Working Class History; Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win! Builders Labourers Fight Deregistration, 1981-94 and ‘Building Unions and Government Reform: the Challenge for Unions’ in the Journal of Australian Political Economy. Since the early 2000s she has contributed to the debate about climate change as author of How Capitalism is Destroying the Planet, as well as conference presentations and articles. Liz is the author of Revolution is for us: the left and gay liberation in Australia, reprinted by Interventions in 2019. Her forthcoming book Stuff the Accord! Pay up! Workers’ resistance to the ALP-ACTU Accord will be published by Interventions in 2020.

Alexis Vassiley is a postgraduate researcher at Curtin University. His dissertation examines the rise and fall of trade unionism in Western Australia’s Pilbara mining region. He has published in Labour History on trade union solidarity with Aboriginal rights at Noonkanbah, as well as on establishing militant trade unionism in the Pilbara. He is co-editor of and contributor to Radical Perth Militant Fremantle (Interventions 2019), and editor of the Interventions Red Swan Series in radical Western Australian labour history and politics.