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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol 35 no. 24. 28th September 1972


Australian Black Panther leader Dennis Walker said last week that he wanted the law changed so that blacks in Queensland could carry guns in the streets as a "warning to the pigs".

Walker, speaking at a forum on "Black Power In Australia" during O—Week, said nearly all aboriginals in Australia were an oppressed minority which was continually bullied and discriminated against by the whites and especially "the pigs".

Photo of a Black Panther speaker

"We don't want to work through the system — we can't... the whole thing (the Black Panther Party in Australia) Is based on the defence of the black community. Walker said. He said that his people "won't get anywhere unless they can overthrow this rotten system" and hence the formation of the Australian Black Panther Party.

The Party was formed basically on the models of other Black Panther parties in the U.S., U.K. and Europe, and it's platform is centred on the 10/10 programme of the U.S. Black Panther Movement with the addition of an Aboriginal Land Rights platform.