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.

After Emancipation: The Pilbara, Australian Aboriginal Economic Development and the Mining Tax (released 16 June 2010)
To make great economic advances for Aboriginal people means making those advances in the regions that Aboriginal people live. Unlike urbanized mainstream Australians, 2/3 of Aboriginal Australians live in regional and remote areas of the country. The current mining boom in Australia is an historic opportunity because the wealth is being generated in the heartlands of where Aboriginal people live around the country...
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The Luckiest of Leaders (released 5 June 2010)
Or why the Australian people are turning against Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott but will not yet vote for the Greens and Democrats.
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Kristina: Reproba Diluculo? (released 29 May 2010)
For a few years they have actually managed to banish all imagination from the world, all enthusiasm, extravagance, everything that makes life worth living. But now with our Nero (Kristina), all these things are back again. With Apologies to Lion Feuchwald, The False Nero, 1936
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Private Misery v Public Misery: Ken Henry, Aboriginal Australia and the Resources Tax (released 19 May 2010)
Ken Henry – King of Canberra – Head of Treasury, Canberra’s most powerful department – says the resources tax will be a winner for Aborigines. Well everything is all right. All is correct in the universe again. Jenny Macklin Minister for Indigenous Affairs says thanks Ken. There is nothing to worry about. We can all sleep peacefully in our beds, our consciences clear. Oh no! If ever there was an indication that this government and this bureaucracy just don’t understand the real problems besetting Aboriginal Australia then his statement that “some of the money raised from the proposed resources tax should be used for indigenous development” is it. What this really means is more of the same.
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Exquisite Synchrony (released 15 May 2010)
The Henry Tax Review, the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and the Marginalisation of Aboriginal Political Interests
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The Henry (Whalebone) Tax Review (released 6 May 2010)
How the Resources Tax will disadvantage Aboriginal Australia and what can be done about it.
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Tin Tin 2009-10: Ken Henry, King of Canberra (released 8 April 2010)
Who's hot and who's not in national public affairs.
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Australia's Changing Political Universe (released 3 December 2009)
Opportunities for the minor parties from the Liberal Party leadership imbroglio and the necessity of building alternative political agendas outside the mainstream parties: Or, eleven reasons I have joined the Australian Democrats.
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New Thinking from the ISX on Remote Area Transport, Plant for Indigenous Contractors, Office Space, Homelands Enterprise (released 28 October 2009)
This paper is about how non-Indigenous and Indigenous owned mining companies can make a difference in remote and regional Indigenous communities by building the transport, business and housing infrastructure capacity of Indigenous communities through targeted 100 per cent tax deductible donations of cash, infrastructure, equipment and services. This strategy has many benefits. It can be a means of supporting Aboriginal contractors to build an independent business asset base and capacity, increasing the self sufficiency of Indigenous communities and reducing the high cost of living in mining regions.
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Social Return on Investment and other matters (released 13 October 2009)
Online movie of Rob Chewying and Peter Botsman speaking to the movers and shakers at Digital Eskimo on September 17.
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