The “Boat People” and the 1977 Election (Part II)

The radical-progressive journal Retrieval, which had church links and was available at Australian Council of Churches offices and reading rooms, published various pieces during the Vietnamese boat-refugee crisis on the refugees and on the benevolent nature of the Hanoi government. The issue of October/November 1977 claimed protests about “re-education camps” in Liberated Vietnam were based on “inaccurate information”. It said most of those named in a letter of protest to the Hanoi authorities as being detained in the camps had been “intimately involved in maintaining the system of repression of the Saigon regime and favoured continued US war in Vietnam”.…

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