First Person

The Great Escape

On the afternoon of Tuesday, June 6, 1989, I left the Left; I’m not sure of the exact time. Though it happened in the city square between St Andrew’s Cathedral and the Sydney Town Hall, it actually began in the mid-1970s, when my life was going on normally. More or less by accident I was working in London when I bought a package holiday, breakfast included, to see one week of revolution in Lisbon, then Whitlam was sacked and I helped organise a demonstration in The Strand (the poster I had printed was too large for shop windows and none…

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