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Daily Archives: March 12, 2008

Updating that hypothetical Year 10 lesson on "White Australia"

See That hypothetical Year 10 lesson on “White Australia” (13 January 2008).

There was a rather favourable review by Nicholas Rothwell in The Weekend Australian of Drawing the Global Colour Line: White Men’s Countries and the International Challenge of Racial Equality by Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds (Cambridge 2008), but it isn’t online. That link to Google Books does tell you what you need to know, however. For more of what the book may offer see Marilyn Lake, Revisiting age-old racial anxieties (The Age February 25, 2008.) It looks very interesting. An earlier book by Reynolds that is also relevant is Nowhere People (2005), connected to which is Australia’s Eugenic Heritage from Radio National 22 April 2007.

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Posted by on March 12, 2008 in Australia and Australian, culture wars, History, human rights, immigration, Indigenous Australians, Political, Postcolonial, racism

 

Heat (and some light) on Israel/Palestine

David G’s Dangerous Creation is, I think anyway, a better blog than the former Seeking Utopia, much more focused, though the themes are the same. D’s views on Israel are trenchant, to say the least. Mine are more tentative, as you may see. Recently D mirrored one of his posts on Daily Kos (a great site, of course): Will The Palestinians Ever Learn? The comment thread which follows is quite fascinating.

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2008 in Australia, blogging, current affairs, Israel, politics

 

Gnome away from home, or Gnome truly at home…

The Great Grey Garden Gnome of The American Enterprise Institute, formerly of Kirribilli House, is off again, as I noted on a quick update to John Howard is (and was) a fanatic. The Herald reports:

JOHN HOWARD has defended his decision not to apologise to indigenous Australians during his 11 years in power and rejected suggestions that his views on this issue and the Kyoto Protocol cost his party the election last year. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2008 in Australia and Australian, John Howard, Multicultural, Political