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Mabo home politics...

'One day after he moved to Townsville, Koiki and Bonita went for a stroll along Flinders Street, one of the city's main thoroughfares. It was State election time and there were speakers on street corners from the main political parties. Koiki stopped to listen to one old man speaking, Eddie Heilbronn, from the Communist Party of Australia. Koiki had never heard of communism, didn't know what a communist was, but was fascinated by the speaker and his ideas. It was his first introduction to left wing party politics.'

Keywords: Communist Party of Australia, politics, Stranger In A Strange Land, 1956, Townsville, trade unions, 1950s

Noel Loos interviewed by Trevor Graham 1996.
Author: Graham, Trevor
© Film Australia
Source: Loos, Noel