Week Four (Sept 23) Australian Builders Labourers’ Green Bans (Essay #1 due this week)

“The Australian green bans movement of 1971–75 can be understood as a utopian project… During this period, the construction workers organized in the New South Wales branch of a labor union, known as the Builders Laborers’ Federation, refused to work on ecologically or socially harmful projects and publicly argued for their collective right to socially responsible labor… By 1975 green bans had prevented five billion dollars of development, measured at mid-1970s prices.”

Reading: Burgmann and Milner, “Ecotopians in Hardhats: The Australian Green Bans Movement,” pp. 125-133 and 137-138.