Remarks at Yad Vashem ceremony in honour of the late William Cooper, Speech, 12 Dec 2010, Australian Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Kevin Rudd MP

Here in Jerusalem, I acknowledge the first Australians, whose culture we honour this evening as among the oldest continuing cultures in human history. So we gather at Yad Vashem. I have been to this place before and so has my wife Therese. We have been here not as the representatives of any government; we have…

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Remarks at an event to honour William Cooper by Dr Nick Dyrenfurth, Executive Director, John Curtin Research Centre & Secretary, Australian Labor Party National Policy Forum, Sydney, September 2017

I wish to honour the memory of William Cooper both as a member of the Jewish community and a long-time labour movement historian and activist. The dispossession of Australia’s Aboriginal population was little remarked upon by the early labour movement, even if one of the co-founders of The Australian Workers’ Union (AWU), William Guthrie Spence,…

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