Ted Hill, who retired from his post of chair of the Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist) late in 1984, died in Melbourne on February 1 1988 after a long battle with cancer. Ted was 72 years old.
Hill, who worked as a lawyer in the workers compensation field, got involved in politics during the depression. He joined the Communist Party and was deeply involved right throughout the cold war period. He was a key campaigner against Menzies government’s 1951 referendum to ban the Communist Party. The referendum was defeated. Many younger people will be more familiar with his role in the anti-war movement and particularly the struggle against the Vietnam War. Many young students and workers were influenced by Ted Hill during this period.
STATEMENT FROM THE FREEDOM SOCIALIST PARTY TO MEMORIAL MEETING FOR TED HILL – MELBOURNE, 14 FEBRUARY 1988
Comrades, the Australian section of the Freedom Socialist Party offers sincere condolences to the Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist) and to the family and friends of Ted Hill. The death of a communist and a fighter is always something we mourn. And Ted Hill was a life long fighter and a leader within the communist movement. While political differences ran deep, especially over nationalism versus internationalism and popular versus united fronts, Ted Hill was one of ours — a part of the labour movement — one who stood with the workers, the poor and the oppressed. Comrade Ted Hill will be sadly missed within the movement.