Talk:1964 Mount Isa Mines strike

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Edit 7/11/2013[edit]

Specific to the 'Communist Influences' section: This section is written in the form of an opinion article, and is not from a neutral point of view. Further, it lacks citations, and no opposing viewpoint is presented. The last line of the section, particularly, is pure conjecture.

For the rest of the article: There are insufficient citations - only one in-line citation appears in the article, and the resources listed under References are not from a variety of viewpoints - only the anti-unionist views are represented.

Further, as stated in the article on the International Workers of the World (IWW) article, specifically the 'In Australia' section (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_Workers_of_the_World#In_Australia), though several members of the then outlawed IWW were involved in the formation of the Communist Party of Australia in 1920, they departed from the organisation soon after, and by the time of the 1964 strikes had long since severed any ties with the Communist Party of Australia, and the Communist Party International. Even disregarding this, the section on 'Communist Influences' is explicitly written from an anti-communist and anti-unionist perspective, with the use of phrases such as 'If they had succeeded, the Communist Party would have had its thumb on the jugular of Queensland's mining industry.' - written both with partisan phrases, and conjecture.

The view presented is that the unionists aims were morally wrong and a threat to society - what should be presented is a factual and informative, neutral view, as per Wikipedia policy.

I understand this topic is still controversial, particularly with those who lived through or whose relatives lived through the strikes. It is important that both sides of the event are represented, from a neutral perspective that is judging of neither - except perhaps in a 'criticisms' section, which is not present. And even then, criticisms must be based on facts, not conjecture. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 124.186.247.152 (talk) 07:54, 7 November 2013 (UTC)


I am having trouble logging in so just writing it - yes I agree with your comments as above. the last comments by the author of article are not at all objective in any sense. good on you for writing it, though author - I hope that you don't mind me amending it some time when I have time. I suppose I need to declare my interests as they say in evidence based research - 1st- I have a BA from Uni of Qld in Govt and History. This was many years ago. Though I have probably improved my skills since then. 2nd - I am writing a book about my Mothers family of origin. This will be about the McKay & Hanson family of Brisbane. It will include history, govt and family history. I have a personal interest in this strike as my Uncle was the President of the TLC Disputes committee at the time and travelled to Mt Isa to speak and be involved in negotiations. Jack Hanson. he was a member of the CPA and the Secretary of the Operative Painters and Decorators Union of Aus. However, I having declared possible conflict of interest do believe I am capable of some objectivity. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 124.185.41.89 (talk) 02:51, 3 November 2015 (UTC)