Publication Details

Ashbolt, A, 'The Student and New Left Movements', in Symons, B and Cahill, R, A Turbulent Decade: Social Protest Movements and the Labour Movement, 1965 - 1975, 1 edn, Sydney Branch, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Australia, 2005, 15-18.


For some years now, the 1960s have been contested terrain. Many-commentators have rushed to specious judgements about the radical politics of the era, while others have struggled valiantly to keep memories alive. Much of the politics of the contemporary epoch is being played out through the lens of the sixties. This seems like a grand and perhaps foolish claim but it needs to be understood that the neo-liberal and/or neoconservative agenda (and I will include hawkish foreign policy in this) is substantially directed at burying the sixties, the radical sixties. The gains of the various social movements, in particular the anti-war and civil rights movements movements, have been under attack since the mid-1970s.