Collection UQFL106 - Joe Harris Papers

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Joe Harris Papers


  • 1912-1994. (Creation)

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4 boxes (Offsite Storage)

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W.J.H. Harris (Joe) was the author of "The Bitter Fight: a pictorial history of the Australian Labor Movement". In the preface he describes himself as a "militant socialist, an industrial worker with first-hand experience of strikes, stoppages and victimization". W.J.H. Harris, a carpenter, free-lance journalist and member of the Queensland branch of the Building Workers Industrial Union of Australia.

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Australian Labor Party Queensland Branch (1918-).
Previously the Queensland Labour Party.
Objectives - Democratic socialisation of industry, distribution and exchange to the extent necessary to eliminate exploitation and other anti-social features in these fields. To achieve this the A.L.P. stands for: greater equality of wealth, opportunity and economic and political power; establishment of public enterprises; Australian democratic control and ownership of resources; a competitive non-monopolistic Australian awned private sector within social guidelines; the right to own private property; industrial democracy; equal access and rights to employment, education, information, communications, technology, housing, health, welfare, cultural and leisure activities and the law; security of the family; abolition of poverty; diversity in culture and lifestyles and elimination of discrimination; Aboriginal land rights; civil liberties; environmental and resources management; constitutional reform and peace, disarmament and national self-determination.
Publicists -See Appendices in Murphy, D. et al (eds) Prelude to Power: The Rise of the Labour Party in Queensland 1885-1915 Jacaranda, Brisbane, 1970 and in Murphy, D. et al (eds) Labor in Power: the Labor Party and Governments in Queensland 1915-1957 University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, 1980.
For 1957 to 1968 see Labor-in-Politics Convention Official Records and Decisions.
For current publicists see post-conference issue of Labor Review, or Official Trades Union Directory (Trades and Labor Council of Queensland).

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Collection previously titled as: Papers, 1912-1994
Collection alternatively titled as: Joe Harris Collection.

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Lectures, typescripts, newspaper cuttings and papers relating to the Australian Labor Party, trade unionism and the anti-Vietnam War movement in the 1960s and 1970s.

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  • English

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Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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