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I … a member of the working class do hereby solemnly swear to protect the working class against armed and other aggression of our capitalist class enemy… should I betray the trust imposed upon me I will receive the scorn

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Bongiorno, Frank: Labour and Anzac

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Jauncey’s mate King O’Malley writes about Canberra 1937 (3 July 2014)

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McQueen, Humphrey ‘Anzac: a class struggle’, Honest History, 3 July 2014 ‘History wars’ are about how to control the future. They are not disputes over the past. Stories about the past are pressed into service to buttress the needs of

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Highlights reel: HB Higgins on political differences

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Douglas, Bob et al: Inequality in Australia

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