Letter to The Editor - QC, argued in an essay that the Mabo judgment was tainted
To The Australian Elliot Hannay ignores the really important intellectual opposition to the Mabo decision ('The KKK dropped by to tell me Eddie Mabo was evil', 1/6) in favour of vague references to unnamed KKK supporters, 'bigots' and 'racists'. In 1982 Geoff McDonald, a former communist, published his book Red Over Black, in which he detailed from first-hand experience how communists had been working for decades to exploit aboriginals as part of a long-term programme to socialize our nation. A decade later S.E.K. Hulme, AM, QC, argued in an essay that the Mabo judgment was tainted, that it departed unacceptably far from the letter of the Constitution and that the High Court's decision may even have amounted to corruption of the law. Why does Hannay not address these powerful arguments brought forward by authors who had no fear, like those alleged KKK members, of openly attaching their names to patriotic writings? Maybe they are too difficult to refute and perhaps Mabo Day is not such a good idea after all.
Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic