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“Aryan Australia” in the National Curriculum

This is the most disgraceful chapter of our national story.  — P.R. Stephensen, “Rural Ride”, on the conditions of Aborigines in rural New South Wales, Publicist, October 1936  The much-heralded secondary school “national curriculum” is almost upon us and the Gillard government seems set to claim it, both now and after its inevitable demise, as one of the major reforms of the minority government. In this at least, the ideologues behind these reforms are correct, as the curriculum is likely to linger unless the next Coalition government shows a determination to extinguish it. The record of previous conservative governments that…

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