East West Link defeat: Anthony Main explains how it was done

22 May 2015: At the book launch of “Beating the big end of town”, author Anthony Main recounts how community pickets and various other protest activities contributed to the defeat of the East-West link toll road project.

SP Educational: Beating the Big End of Town: 2.30pm, The Brunswick Green, Saturday 20th June 2015

The campaign that defeated the East West Toll Road was one of the most significant victories against the big business agenda in Australia for decades. Despite huge odds stacked against them, ordinary people changed the course of history, ending a project that was arrogantly treated as a ‘done deal’ by establishment politicians and the corporate media.

The influence of Marxism within the campaign – through the leadership of the Socialist Party – is undeniable. Socialist Party’s efforts to inject the campaign with socialist ideas and methods were reflected in the tactics and strategy that were key to the campaign ultimately succeeding.

Over a series of weeks, SP will host an educational series based on Anthony Main’s recently released book “Beating the Big End of Town: How a Community Defeated the East West Toll Road”. By discussing the book, we will explain more deeply the link between Marxist ideas and the success of the campaign and draw out the key lessons which can and should be applied to other community campaigns in future.

The educational should interest all socialists, environmentalists, community campaigners and unionists looking to learn about what role Marxist ideas and methods can play in fighting the big business agenda in their lives and communities. To obtain a copy of the book before the educational series begins, contact the SP National Office on +61 (3) 9639 9111

Book launch: Beating the big end of town


6pm – 9pm, Friday 22 May, Collingwood Gallery, 292 Smith St, Collingwood | Facebook event

Book launch: How a community defeated the East-West toll road. Hosted by No East West Tunnel – Take the pledge

Beating the big end of town: How a community defeated the East-West toll road

Come and celebrate the defeat of the East-West Link at this special event!

Anthony Main, one of the spokespeople of the community campaign, will launch his new book ‘Beating the big end of town’ which is an account of the successful struggle that stopped one of the world’s biggest infrastructure projects.

Not only did the campaign stop a destructive toll road but it also helped bring down a Liberal state government in the process!

If allowed to go ahead the East-West Link would have demolished hundreds of properties, ruined historic parks and seen billions of taxpayer dollars handed over to private corporations. Thanks to people standing up, and organising, it was stopped in its tracks.

Come along to discuss with activists and celebrate a significant example of people power!

You Stopped the East West Toll Road

Saturday May 9, 2015: You Stopped the East West Toll Road, opening speech by Adam Bandt.

Celebratory drinks at The Fox Hotel, Collingwood for everyone who worked so hard to stop this toll & celebrating this huge victory. We’ll host a more videos from the afternoon when time permits.

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