Oh, Senator Cavanagh, well, he just ... he, you know, wasn't particularly bright, as most politicians aren't, you know, especially when they've been union people ... union, you know, officials or secretaries in the Labor parties and they promote them into Parliament of all places, you know. To get them out of the road perhaps. And that ... with say Cavanagh, he came through the union ranks, he was a plasterer, he used to plaster the walls of buildings and all sorts. Well you know you don't get much sensitivity about personal and international and national relationships plastering walls. And so we ... we came into conflict because I don't have a great appreciation of the unions. I don't think much of the union movement. I think they are very reactionary and conservative, protecting only their own and even then they don't do a good job of that and he was in that ... in that area and then he didn't have a great imagination. He didn't have a great intellect and he didn't know what it was all about, you know. And when I spoke out he was only wanting to protect the Government, which was his responsibility and he wrote to Bernice to ring up Barry Dexter constantly, 'Why don't you shut Perkins up? You know and why don't you write him a letter? Why don't you dismiss him? Why don't you send him somewhere else?' And poor Barry Dexter had all this pressure on him from Cavanagh, as he did with other Ministers and other bureaucrats, to sort of get rid of me or shut me up or discipline me. And Barry did that now and then, you know, as much as he could but he was always apologising for it you know, 'Sorry mate, I got to do this, you know. This is my job and, you know, you've really gone overboard this time'. And I said, 'Well that's that stupid Minister, or that stupid political party, but with Cavanagh we never got ... we never hit it off because we were just living in different worlds. I don't know what world he was living in but I was in Australia and, you know, I had my responsibility to my people and to my country and he had his to his union ... to his political party, I suppose.

Charlie Perkins

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.

Bilingamu & Gaambi (released 28 September 2017)
A tribute to two North Queensland Aboriginal leaders
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Adani, Native Title and Minority Rights (released 3 July 2017)
For Aboriginal people in Australia rights have been a bitter battleground. For this reason I read with interest and often agree with Marcia Langton and Noel Pearson’s frequent powerful political assaults that show up the hypocrisy of anyone who crusades from some position of political purity, whether green or Labor or bleeding heart. Marcia and Noel are often right but also sometimes off the mark. In her latest piece in the Saturday Paper Marcia Langton implores us, with her usual power and passion, to support the so-called McGlade amendments to the Native Title Act which in effect mean that the power of a democratic majority of a native title group must be endorsed and recognised by a court. If that was the only thing Marcia was arguing for then perhaps we might be able to agree with her but the implications of her arguments go much further.
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Wakuwal (Dream) Audio Download 5 (released 18 June 2017)
Chapter 1 Rakunythinyamirri Wakungul (Deadly Tempest) VII
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Wakuwal (Dream) Audio Download 4 (released 10 May 2017)
Chapter 1 Rakunythinyamirri Wakungul (Deadly Tempest) VII
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Wakuwal (Dream) Audio Download 3 (released 10 May 2017)
Chapter 1 Rakunythinyamirri Wakungul (Deadly Tempest) V-VI
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Wakuwal (Dream) Audio Download 2 (released 7 May 2017)
Chapter 1 Rakunythinyamirri Wakungul (Deadly Tempest) II-V
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Wakuwal (Dream) Audio Download 1 (released 30 April 2017)
Chapter 1 Rakunythinyamirri Wakungul (Deadly Tempest) I
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Serious Love (released 15 January 2017)
A Review Essay of Dare to Dream The Memoirs of Tom and Audrey Mc Donald Stories of Struggle and Hope.
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postcards of the hanging... (released 20 December 2016)
trusted voice amid the turmoil and ignorance
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Game of Lies: The 2016 US Presidential election and the legacy and importance of Hillary Rodham Clinton (released 9 November 2016)
Let us never forget the 2016 election and work with renewed determination to educate our peers, to work for a woman to become President of the United States and above all seek greater integrity in reporting about people, politics and the complexities of government.
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