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Petitioning the King

Summary

Alf Turner discusses William Cooper’s attempts to gain Aboriginal representation in Parliament.

Summary

Alf Turner discusses William Cooper’s attempts to gain Aboriginal representation in Parliament.

William Cooper was an Aboriginal Elder who sought Aboriginal representation in Parliament in the 1930s by directly petitioning the king. CPX spoke to William Cooper’s grandson, Alf Turner, about his remarkable grandfather and the ongoing legacy of his struggle to gain more rights for Aboriginal people.