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  1. The Australian Dream: Chapter 4

    ... often forced and far from egalitarian) occurred amid great social, economic and demographic change in Australia. Arthur Calwell, ... raised on the same missions on the Murray River as my great-great-grandfather Frank Foster. He petitioned King George, calling for His ... fruit picker and soldier: his personal journey in the great black migration from mission to town was a distance of mere miles, but an ... “closing the gap.” Writing in the November/December 1966 issue, E.A. Willis, the board’s chief secretary, says: There is still ... continuing interaction,” but their courses were set by the great Aboriginal migration. Lane called it the “slow grind,” creating a new ...


  2. The Australian Dream: Chapter 5

    ... resolving who is Aboriginal and who is not is an uneasy issue, located somewhere between the individual and the state.” I saw the ... image of what an Indigenous person is, so we conform to meet expectations. There are those whose physical appearance leaves no doubt about ... the state of Israel; Donald Trump pledges to “make America great again.” Of course the motives vary and some claims have greater virtue, ... affairs and politics, and is at home living in the world’s great cities.  In truth I was born a “young fogey,” with an inbuilt ...


  3. The Australian Dream: Chapter 6

    ... evening. I am a face in the crowd, just another part of this great Australian mosaic. Around me there are tourists, a babel of languages, ... asking Australians to recognise what is obvious. It is an issue heavy with symbolism, yet light on substance. Australians are notionally ... I saw the grandchildren of peasant farmers win entry to the great universities of the world: Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge and Princeton.  ... fruit pickers who was now working for one of the world’s great news networks, CNN. I returned to an Australia in the midst of its own ...