JOHN MAYCOCK (born in 1955) of Brisbane, gained a Bachelor of Social Science as a mature aged student, graduating in 2010.
His areas of interests include history, politics and sociology, society and cultures. He is particularly concerned with the marginalisation and vilification of minority groups and the manipulation of public opinion, driving the marginalisation through divisive political discourse and a compliant media.
Before attending university, John worked at a variety of blue collar jobs, as well as a stint in the Merchant Navy and has always believed in and supported unionism.
His first taste of activism was when he took to the streets with his father and fellow unionists to protest the sacking of Gough Whitlam, as well as attending many protests and rallies during the Bjelke-Peterson years. John counts his participation in the 2007 APEC protest as a highlight of his activist career.
Throughout his life, John has been an avid reader, covering areas such as ancient and modern history, the rise and fall of religions societies and empires, as well as many alternate historical views. He believes that justice for Australia’s Indigenous people will not be complete until the history of European Indigenous contact, as told from the Indigenous perspective and experience rather than white victors history, becomes part of all Australians’ understanding of “who we are”.
Passionate about social justice, John sees a pressing need to restore honesty to the public/political discourse.