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.

Wanderer 1 (released 19 December 2012)
An Interview with Stephen Pigram about his forthcoming album Wanderer
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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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