'A Foolish Young Man, Who Can Perhaps, Be Straightened Out in His Thinking': The Brian Cooper Sedition Case

Yeates, Anthony (2007) 'A Foolish Young Man, Who Can Perhaps, Be Straightened Out in His Thinking': The Brian Cooper Sedition Case. Australian Historical Studies, 38 129: 71-87. doi:10.1080/10314610708601232

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Author Yeates, Anthony
Title 'A Foolish Young Man, Who Can Perhaps, Be Straightened Out in His Thinking': The Brian Cooper Sedition Case
Journal name Australian Historical Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1031-461X
Publication date 2007-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10314610708601232
Volume 38
Issue 129
Start page 71
End page 87
Total pages 17
Editor J. Damousi
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher University of Melbourne, Department of History
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
430101 History - Australian
430103 History - Pacific
2103 Historical Studies
Abstract In late 1960 Brian Leonard Cooper was arrested in Sydney and charged with sedition. Formerly employed in the Cooperative Section of the Department of Native Affairs in the territory of Papua and New Guinea, it was alleged that he had incited a number of local men in Madang to violently expel the Australians from the territory. A young man with liberal political views and progressive attitudes toward race relations, he was an outsider and vulnerable to exploitation by political opportunists. This article considers the period leading up to his arrest and the ways that his prosecution benefited those with a vested interest in his downfall.
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