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.

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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Wakuwal - Dream (released 28 October 2016)
Opening lines of my new book Wakuwal - Dream!
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Two Way Learning Partnerships: North-South and South-North Orbits (released 26 August 2016)
The ISX ( and Yolngu elders have cooperated to support several projects to enhance the educational opportunities of young Yolngu people.
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Driving 6700 kilometres to Primary School (released 23 August 2016)
Why is it necessary in 2016 for two young Yolngu brothers and their cousin to drive 6703 kilometres back and forth from Arnhem land to the South Coast of NSW in pursuit of good primary schooling and engagement through a football and netball competition? The short answer is Abstudy does not cover school travel allowances for remote and very remote Aboriginal children at below age 14.
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Family Matters: A Children's Revelation and Revolution from the Northern Territory (released 30 July 2016)
After a harrying 4 Corners expose this week it was a relief to get some positive news from the Northern Territory. NT Labor's policy to create a new Children’s Ministry with wide cabinet power and a whole of government approach to children’s welfare is a first for Australia. Even better the policy designed over several years is spearheaded by Lynne Walker, a widely loved and respected figure from North East Arnhem land, who has done a solid political apprenticeship in government and opposition.
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Moody Blue (released 13 July 2016)
Tribute to Ms. S. D. Gurruwiwi (7 Jan 1955 - 23 March 2016)
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Sticky Money (released 23 April 2016)
From "Co-Mingling" to "Sticky Money": Les Hems describes how the Broome Community Impact Investment Model is starting to fly...
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In Every Fibre, Stitch and Thread... The Magic Weaving of Batumbil Burarrwanga (released 21 December 2015)
A photographic essay on the renowned master weaver of North East Arnhem Land, Batumbil Burarrwanga.
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The Spirit of Belonging - Darren Mc Leod (released 17 October 2015)
Darren Mc Leod's Spirit of Belonging Flag raises the debate about an Australian republic to a new level
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WWOOF! (released 26 September 2015)
Reversing the Abbott Government’s 2015 Decision to Deny Second Year Visas to Volunteer International Organic Farm Workers!
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