Support for the movement came from a wide variety of sources, although McLeod’s truculence often drove supporters away, as this letter to McLeod from Rupert Murdoch shows.

McLeod Drives Supporters Away
Rupert Murdoch to Don McLeod, 24 September 1957

Rupert Murdoch to Don McLeod, 24 September 1957, Don McLeod Papers, State Library of Western Australia, MS 1568A/3/70.

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McLeod and Cooperative Leaders Campaign for Aboriginal Rights

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McLeod and cooperative leaders campaigned vigorously for Aboriginal rights during the 1950s through letters, pamphlets, tape recordings and public meetings. McLeod’s correspondents included politicians, unionists, and activists. Citizenship rights and the right of Aboriginal people to access social service benefits were central to this campaign, as this letter to the senior Labor leader Gough Whitlam shows.