Australian History, 1925.

Victorian Labor College Syllabus, 1925.

by the Victorian Labor College

Source: "Reason in Revolt", Source documents of Australian Radicalism.
Published: by Labor Call Print, Melbourne, 1925.
Transcription/HTML: by Kevin Goins.
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Controlled by Affiliated Unions, Trades Hall, Melbourne.



Terms Commencing 17th August, 1925
and 18th August, 1925

at the Trades Hall, at 8 o'clock.

[This pamphlet was marked with a stamp entitled: “Union Label” and noted: “Labour Call Print, Patrick St., Melbourne.”]


“Australian Industrial History and Problems,”
Monday, at 8p.m.  Tutor: Mr. Lloyd Ross, M.A..

Aim: To give a history of the workers in Australia with a view to a better understanding of modern problems.

Term ending 30th November, 1925.

1. Australian Industrial History to Eureka.
2. The Fights of the 'Nineties.
3. (a) White Australia and the Problem of Racial Equality.
    (b) North Queensland and Immigration.
    (c) Hereditary v. Environment.
4. Trade Unionism, 1854-1920.
5. Why a Labor Party?
6. The Labor Party at Work.
    (a) State Enterprise.
7. (b) Aritration.
8. (c) Industrial Legislation.
9. Is There Any Hope Under Capitalism?
    (a) Self-government in Industry – Guilds.
    (b) Co-operation.
    (c) Profit-sharing Schemes.
    (d) “New Australia.”
    (e) The Incas of Peru – a Socialistic State of the Past.
10. Problems of Trade Unionism.
     (a) Unemployment.
     (b) O.B.U.
     (c) Internal Organisation.
     (d) Apathy.
     (e) Short Hours.
11. Tactics – Sabotage.
                     Go Slow.
                     Job Control – Shop Stewards.
12. Reform and Revolution.
                     The Labor Collective.



This class starts from the simplest ideas known to everyone.  Daily life provides all the material required for discussion.  It is designed to help the Unionists, for whom the Labor College exists, to gain a simple outline of working-class economics.

Term ending 30th November, 1925.
Tuesday Evening, at 8.  Tutor: A. T. Brodney.

1. The Economics of Employment.
2. The Importance of the Capitalist.
3. Capital and Money.
4. Modern Industry.  Social Production and Labor Power.
5. The Value of the Product of Modern Industry.
6. The Purchase and Sale of Commodities, especially Labor-power.   Payment for Skill.
7. Making Profit.
8. Distributing and Using Profit.
9. Money – Exchange – Banks.
10. Economic Safeguards.  (Insurance – Pools, etc.)
11. The Economic Stability of Capitalism.
12. The Economic Law of Capitalist Growth.
13. The Social and Intellectual Consequences of Capitalist Economic Life.
14.       Subjects to be chosen
15.       in consultation with
16.       the Class.



Held Saturday Evenings, at 8 p.m., Trades Hall.

P. LAIDLER, Class Leader.

This Class endeavors to turn out speakers capable of well representing the Movement on the public platform and in debate.

G. BELL, President.
H. PAYNE, Secretary.



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