Tom O’Lincoln was a member of the Independent Socialist Club initiated by Hal Draper and others in Berkeley in the 1960s. Moving to Australia, he became a leading figure in the socialist current here represented by the Socialist Workers’ Action Group and then the International Socialists. He is currently a member of one of the groups coming from that current, Socialist Alternative. He is also the author of several books, including “Into the Mainstream: The Decline of Australian Communism” and “Years of Rage: Social Conflicts in the Fraser Era”.