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Interview with Charles Perkins, political activist, Chairman of Aboriginal Development Commission, 1981-1984, Head of the Dept. of Aboriginal Affairs, 1984-1988 [sound recording] / interviewer, Peter Read
Bib ID 690957
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Perkins, Charles, 1936-2000, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Written permission required from Dr Read for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 13 June 1988 - 25 Aug. 1989 
35 tape reels + 9 sound cassettes (ca. 90 min. each) ; 7 in. 
Series

Peter Read collection of interviews conducted for his book entitled, Charles Perkins : a biography

Summary

Charles Perkins speaks of his early life at St Francis House; restrictions under the Aborigines Protection Act; Ted Noffs & his Foundation; Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islands (FCAATSI); revolution in Aboriginal affairs in the 1960s; studying at Sydney University; Freedom Ride; Office of Aboriginal Affairs; adjusting to the Public Service; racism in Australia; tent embassy; establishment of National Aboriginal Consultative Committee (NACC); government ministers relations with the National Aboriginal Conference (Australia) (NAC); interview on children being taken from their parents; writing "A Bastard Like Me"; Aboriginal leadership; his father's death; year in Alice Springs; his family; standing as an independent candidate for the ALP in the Northern Territory; confrontation with Bjelke-Petersen.

Perkins talks about land councils; his return to Canberra; the Australian Development Commission (ADC); Aboriginal staff; his role as Chairman; setting up ADC office in the Todd River; Brisbane Commonwealth Games; petition to the Queen; mainstreaming Aboriginal affairs; handover of Uluru; land rights; sit-ins; ATSIC "tour" and legislation; being stood aside; the contribution Aborigines could make to Australian society.

Biography/History

Mr Perkins has been Commissioner and Deputy Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Commission since 1994. During his career he was Board Member of SBS Television and Radio, President of the Arrente Council of Central Australia, Head of the Dept. of Aboriginal Affairs, 1984-1988, and Chairman of the Aboriginal Development Commission, 1981-1984.

Notes

Preservation, working duplicate and cassette copies made.

Subjects Perkins, Charles, 1936-2000 -- Interviews.  |  St. Francis House (Alice Springs, N.T.)  |  Australia. Aboriginal Development Commission.  |  Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission.  |  Political activists -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Civil service -- Australia -- Administration.  |  Civil rights -- Australia.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Politics and government.
Other authors/contributors Read, Peter, 1945-, Interviewer

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