What Do We Want? The Story of Protest in Australia

Author(s): Clive Hamilton

History | Australian/Aotearoa

In What Do We Want! Clive Hamilton explores the colourful, enthralling and stirring forms of protest used in the big social movements that define modern Australia. He includes dedicated chapters on the peace movement, women's liberation, Indigenous rights, gay rights and the environmental movement, and examines how these movements have confronted the ugliness in Australian society and caused epoch defining shifts in social attitudes. He describes protests with scores of thousands marching or sitting down in the streets of capital cities; colourful camps of a handful of protestors in Australia's forests, singing at bulldozers and blocking paths; acts of bravery by individuals using technology to disrupt stock markets or coming out on television; as well as vigils, leafleting, street theatre, occupations and myriad other creative forms of protest. Hamilton shows that progress occurs because a few individuals begin to demand change.

November 2016


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“In this in-depth look at “What Do We Want”, the war cry of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s in Australia, Clive Hamilton not only takes a reflective look at the past, but also reminds everyone that the rights taken for granted today were once hard fought for, that every inch gained was considered a landmark.” 

Janet Mawdesley – Blue Wolf Reviews (JC BookGrocer)


A fascinating exploration of how Australian society has been shaped by the actions of individuals. The movements for equality, peace and environmental action that Hamilton accounts still hold relevance today. It is interesting to reflect on these past movements while thinking about future change. 

Nerida, The Book Grocer

General Fields

  • : 9780642278913
  • : National Library of Australia
  • : National Library of Australia
  • : 2.692
  • : November 2016
  • : 290mm X 220mm
  • : Australia
  • : November 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 220
  • : en
  • : 1116
  • : Paperback
  • : Clive Hamilton