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Green Bans: What are They and Why are they Important?

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Green Bans: What are They and Why are they Important?

<p>Over the past couple of years or so, the future of one of Sydney’s most interesting modern buildings has been the subject of much public debate, political skirmishing, a controversial ministerial

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Over the past couple of years or so, the future of one of Sydney’s most interesting modern buildings has been the subject of much public debate, political skirmishing, a controversial ministerial decision and a court judgement which effectively told the minister that he had got it wrong. The building in question is The Sirius, in the The Rocks – built as social housing in the 1970s but now the target of a state-government sell-off proposal. Those advocating its preservation have the support of the powerful CFMEU trade union which has placed a ‘green ban’ on government moves to sell and redevelop the landmark property.


This talk will take the Sirius controversy as a case study of the green ban movement – a movement which was born in the 1970s when the CFMEU’s predecessor union (the Builder’s Labourers Federation) under its charismatic leader Jack Mundey placed a green ban on the entire area of The Rocks, thereby saving it for posterity. It is a remarkable story, and one which has lessons for today as grass-roots activism once again emerges in this historic precinct.


SUGGESTED READING

  • The House That Jack Built – Jack Mundey, Green Bans Hero, Colman, J, 2016, NSPress