Exploding Myths About Aborigines

The Break-Up of Australia: The Real Agenda Behind Aboriginal Recognition by Keith Windschuttle Quadrant Books, 2016, 470 pages, $44.95 ______________________________________________________ This is a remarkably spirited, able and trenchant book. Keith Windschuttle’s starting point is the goal of some Aboriginal leaders and others to achieve, or to have recognised, Aboriginal “sovereignty”. This goal is usually expressed obscurely. But some possibilities are as follows. One is “sovereign Aboriginal nations … equal in political status with the Commonwealth of Australia” which should enter a treaty with the Commonwealth. Another is an Aboriginal state “with all the essential control being vested back into Aboriginal…

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