The appeals drew attention to the discrimination enshrined in Western Australia’s Native Affairs legislation, and the success of the appeals weakened the government’s ability to use the legislation to oppose the strike.

No Iron Curtain Between White and Black Australians
No Iron Curtain Between White and Black Australians

Sunday Times, 16 March 1947, p. 6, ‘No Iron Curtain between White and Black Australians.’

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The arrest of CDNR secretary Rev. Peter Hodge, when he visited strikers at the Twelve Mile in August 1946, drew public attention to the oppressive nature of Western Australia’s Aboriginal legislation. His conviction was overturned on appeal to the High Court of Australia, which led to the overturning of a three-month jail sentence imposed on McLeod for the same offence.