Charlie Court passed away yesterday, and to balance the resource driven praise, David Cohen of Rottobloggo reminds us of a less savoury side of the Iron (and Gas) Duke. Personally David, I think Sir Charles’ worst piece of work was Dicky Court. At least Charlie never built us a belltower. I really miss The Daily news. My favourite headlines, “Man hammers nail through dog’s head.“, and “Masochists find ultimate thrill.” Which was a story of unfortunate patrons of S&M establishment dying because they were handcuffed to beds when the place burnt down. Would easily get into worst newspaper category if it was still around.
David Cohen says…I attach a pic of a May 7 1980 Daily News clipping which provides some insight on his attitude towards civil rights.Forrest Place ban to stay
The ban on public meetings stays, says the Premier, Sir Charles Court.
“We have got no intention of altering the present arrangements either in respect of Forrest Place or in respect of the law of assembly,” he said… Thirty-three people were arrested at an unauthorised rally in Forrest Place on Saturday. The rally was called to protest against Section 54B of the Police Act and other legislation affecting civil rights. The Premier said: “We believe we have the best law of assembly in the whole of Australia.”
Section 54B, of course, meant that a gathering of more than three people in WA was illegal. You had to get the permission of the Police Commissioner to do so.