At its final congress on March 28, 2013, the Revolutionary Socialist Party voted unanimously to merge with Socialist Alternative (SAlt). John was elected to the post-merger SAlt national committee. From centrally involved in running the party’s (and later the faction’s) “engine room” for decades, John would be free from day-to-day organising responsibilities to concentrate on finishing up writing the party’s history. He was to do this while battling another round of serious ill health which eventually took his life.
John at memorial meeting for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at Addison Road Community Centre, Sydney – March 16, 2013 (credit: Vlaudin Vega).
In Melbourne, John (second left) and some Revolutionary Socialist Party comrades and collaborators following final RSP congress decision to merge into Socialist Alternative – March 28, 2013.
(From left to right) Rob J, Andy G and John at May Day rally in Sydney – May 1, 2013 (credit: Vlaudin Vega).
John speaking at launch of Socialist Alternative’s Red Flag newspaper at Glebe Town Hall, Sydney – June 2013 (credit: Vlaudin Vega).
John (right) with former RSP and LPF comrades following Socialist Alternative’s Marxism conference in Melbourne – April 21, 2014.
John holding up a Red Flag newspaper and part of a Socialist Alternative contingent at a demonstration against PM Tony Abbott’s policies, Sydney – 2014.
Radical Walking Tour of Glebe, organised by John backed by SAlt comrades – February 1, 2015.
John (holding pram) with daughter Emma and Rob J after Venezuelan solidarity demonstration in Sydney – April 11, 2015
John at Socialist Alternative's Socialism conference in Sydney (1) – July 2, 2015. (credit: Abbi Jahan)
John at Socialist Alternative's Socialism conference in Sydney (2) – July 2, 2015. (credit: Abbi Jahan)