Beyond Awkening by Ian McFarlane

Beyond Awakening: The Aboriginal Tribes of North West Tasmania: A History, by Ian McFarlane; Fullers Bookshop, Riawunna and University of Tasmania, 2008. The biggest enemy of truth isn’t the lie, it’s the myth! —The West Wing The writing of Tasmania’s history has now deteriorated into a formula not dissimilar to Midsomer Murders. Scholarship has been replaced by scriptwriters locked into the same old cast of characters, the same old set-piece plots, the same old locations and the same old ideology-driven notions of an island steeped in murder, massacres and genocide. Indeed the latest three episodes of Midsomer Murders almost sum…

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