"Unfortunately, it is easier for governments to pay salaries to officials working in the Aboriginal cause, than to spend comparable amounts in the purchase of capital assets for Aboriginals".

Charles Rowley

Latest Papers

The working papers collection comprises historical papers as well as current ideas and works in progress on some of the major issues and topics of our times.

Being Kingfish and Obama's Second Term (released 8 November 2012)
‘Who built the highway to Baton Rouge? Who put up the hospital and built your schools? Who looks after shit-kickers like you? The Kingfish do'
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Law Below the Top Soil (released 15 October 2012)
The “Botsman report” explores the interconnected roles of the WA government, Woodside Petroleum and the Kimberley Land Council that have resulted in a proposal for a massive gas hub at James Price Point. The report outlines the major meetings and dealings of the parties involved, revealing major flaws in the process. Moreover, the report provides a compelling case for the proposed development at JPP to be permanently shelved and for the ultimate protection of that country. Subsequently, recent conflict of interest and probity issues surrounding the EPA, WA government and Woodside have emerged that further raise serious questions about the integrity of the process. There is no better time than now, with final environmental and investment decisions pending, for better public understanding of the process to date as outlined in this report.
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Requiem for a True Labor Man (released 1 August 2012)
Cyril Wyndham passed away, Newcastle, Monday, July 2, 2012
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Burial of a Villain (released 31 July 2012)
Requiem for Max Williams Reedy Swamp, 2012
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Boat People (released 9 July 2012)
How can one set of illegal immigrants bar another group of illegal immigrants from coming to Australia? Furthermore what can illegal immigrants say about the values of the nation that prospective citizens should aspire to?
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Good Morning Fran (released 5 June 2012)
When, at 7.45 am or therabouts, Michelle Grattan utters the now very well known greeting, "Good Morning Fran", its time to tune into the radio..
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A Great Man of Mata Mata (released 18 May 2012)
Ceremonies begin this week-end to celebrate the life of a great man of Indigenous Australia.
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Narooma (Clear Blue Waters) (released 17 April 2012)
Jack Hart 16 April 2012
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Yorta Yorta Man (released 5 April 2012)
Battle hardened warriors put down their spears; crying women stopped their tears; tired children lifted their gaze, when Jimmy Little began to play.
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Saint Anna: Last of the Labor Dinosaurs (released 25 March 2012)
Those of us who left Brisbane for the bright lights of the Southern cities in the 1970s, came back in the 1990s to a Brisbane that was an imitation of Sydney and Melbourne. Brisbane was smarter, used its river but when Jim Soorley left Brisbane City Council in 2003 he too represented a lost connection with the real people and the real doings of life. The State government without Soorley, who the State politicians loved to hate, was all fluff and words and memos and press releases and meetings and no substance. Campbell Newman filled the void. He effectively took over the real working space that Clem Jones and Jm Soorley had occupied for Labor.
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