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True Australia - beyond Bondi and kangaroos
on January 27, 2000
Australia's Prime Minister, John Howard once dismissed alternative histories of Australia as a 'black armband view of history', preferring instead the version of passive natives, gentle colonisers and hard working convicts turning good. Pilger was amongst the first Australian authors to look beyond this whitewashed view of history and show that Australia is not the lucky country based on a sense of fair play, mateship and equality. Instead, he pulls away the curtain to show the racism, brutality and genocide that has characterised the Australian ccontinent since the white invasion of 1788. We need authors such as Pilger to show the truth of Australia and I can highly recommend this book to anybody who wants to know more about the dark underbelly of the so called 'lucky country'