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Motion: Passing of Jack Mundey

Mehreen Faruqi 14 May 2020

I, and also on behalf of Senators McKim, Siewert, Whish-Wilson, Waters, Hanson-Young, Steele-John, Lines, Urquhart, Wong, Keneally, Pratt, Brown, McAllister, Ayres, Bilyk, Walsh, Sheldon, Carr, Watt and Polley move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the passing of trailblazing unionist and environmental activist, Jack Mundey AO;

(b) extends its sincere and heartfelt condolences to Jack Mundey's family, friends and comrades; and

(c) acknowledges and pays tribute to Jack Mundey's extraordinary legacies, including:

   (i) building a proud working class identity among builders labourers that gave them the confidence and capacity to struggle for improved wages and building site safety and provide principled

leadership in a wide range of social and environmental causes,

   (ii) the Green Bans, through which Jack and the NSW Builders Labourers Federation championed the protection of large swathes of Sydney's irreplaceable bushland, heritage and working-class areas, as well as women's, LGBTIQ and Aboriginal land rights,

   (iii) the foundation and growth of local as well as international green and environmental movements, linked inextricably to the welfare and struggle of workers, and

   (iv) the championing of non-violent direct action in Jack's many fights against social and environmental injustice.


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