The Western Australian government received letters of protest in regard to the imprisonment of McKenna and Dooley. With marrngu action framed as a strike, many of the protests came from unions troubled by a Labor government imprisoning strike leaders.
Unions Protest Strike Leaders' Imprisonment
H.O. Davis, Secretary, Victoria-Riverina branch, Australian Workers’ Union, to Premier Frank Wise, 30 May 1946, SROWA, 1945/0800.