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Nuclear migrants, radical protest, and the transnational movement against French nuclear testing in the 1960s: The 1967 Voyage of the Trident

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Harvey, K, Nuclear migrants, radical protest, and the transnational movement against French nuclear testing in the 1960s: The 1967 Voyage of the Trident, Labour History, 111 pp. 79-98. ISSN 0023-6942 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 Australian Society for the Study of Labour History

DOI: doi:10.5263/labourhistory.111.0079

Abstract

This article explores the origins and early years of the Australian movement against the French nuclear testing program in the South Pacific, which ran from 1966 to 1996. In particular, it looks at the transnational frame of Australian activism by focusing on an early example of direct action, the Committee Against Atomic Testing (CAAT). Established in Sydney in 1964, CAAT was conceived as a vehicle for organising the Trident protest voyage that sailed from Sydney towards French Polynesia in 1967. Although the voyage only travelled as far as the Cook Islands, it is significant for a number of reasons. Firstly, it illuminates the role of British and American migrants in radicalising the Sydney Left in the early to mid1960s. Many of these, especially those from the United States, were self-described "nuclear migrants," fleeing radioactive fallout, Cold War propaganda, and the excesses of materialism back home. Several were involved in CAAT, helping to radicalise its ideas and its place in broader, international trends of direct action and radical pacifism. Secondly, the campaign of the Trident and its evolution is illustrative of a broader trend of experimentation with radical protest in opposition to French nuclear testing that was garnering interest among many on the Left in Australia in the mid to late 1960s.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:history, peace movement, pacifism, migration, protest, nuclear weapons
Research Division:History and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical Studies
Research Field:Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Understanding Past Societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's Past
UTAS Author:Harvey, K (Dr Kyle Harvey)
ID Code:127430
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2018-07-27
Last Modified:2018-08-30
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