There'll be no epitaphs for Pearl

In copperplate upon a stone

No funeral of State or trace

Of civic honor to remark

Her passing though her feet have trod

The Halls of Justice haunting God

And man and woman child and fool

Who makes the Nation's Law a tool

Of massacre and hate

Injustice, land theft tortured fate

Befall the rightful heirs their sons

Must fall to strychnine and the guns

The last descendants to imprisonment

The will negated, overthrown

The phantom killer called the Crown

By Acts repeals the Right

Of victims of its conquering lusts

And holds the land by might.

Yet in some far off distant land

A Royal Seal a trembling hand

May moved by conscience still repeal

Infamous Acts and heed appeals

Before a Falkland comes

A Cuban Syria Red war drum

Sounds to the thieves 'retreat'

And prophets, patriots standing forth

Shall speak as Pearl did for the worth

Of life and justice for her race

Somewhere somehow to reach the heart

And soul of death's white face.


Kevin Gilbert paying homage to Pearl Gibbs

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.

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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Temperature Rising (released 8 March 2012)
Stand by now for some passion, some blood and some aggression from Labor
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