National Wattle Day

"In spring, the most delicate feathery yellow of plumes and plumes and plumes and trees and bushes of wattle, as if angels had flown right down out of the softest gold regions of heaven to settle here, in the Australian bush."- D.H. Lawrence, Kangaroo Today, is the first day of Australian Spring. A time in … Continue reading National Wattle Day

Whitlam’s Dismissal

Recently, developments about Governor-General John Kerr and his dismissal of Gough Whitlam have resurfaced again. Recent news indicates that the High Court will be declassifying the 211 letters sent by Governor-General Kerr to the Queens private secretary Sir Martin Charteris. These letters, are being used by the Australian Republican Movement to try and connect their … Continue reading Whitlam’s Dismissal

Aboriginal Slave Trade?

The myths and exaggerations of Slavery in Australia have demonstrated how little the Australian academic elite understand the topic. Many such academics and journalists have misinterpreted what Slavery is. In this essay we will delve into this topic piece by piece to determine if the accusations of Slavery in Australia existed, to the extent that … Continue reading Aboriginal Slave Trade?

Rethinking the White Australia Policy

Not even scholars challenging the orthodox view that the White Australia Policy was a "racist" blot on the nation's honour support suggestions that its abolition was a catastrophic mistake. An unshakeable consensus among managerial, professional, political and academic elites in favour of racial egalitarianism has prevented a long overdue re-assessment of the policies permitting mass … Continue reading Rethinking the White Australia Policy

What are the powers of the Governor-General of Australia?

The working of our political institutions is governed not only by the words of the Constitution but also by conventions, which are rules of practice regarded as binding by those to whom they apply, although not rules of law created by legislation or decisions of the courts. These rules have developed over the centuries within … Continue reading What are the powers of the Governor-General of Australia?

Frontier Wars: Inventing massacre stories

The death toll of the roving parties In the first three months of 1828, there were twenty-seven separate assaults on British settlers by the Aborigines of Van Diemen’s Land. They killed eleven white stock­men. In April, Lieutenant-Governor Arthur responded with a policy to expel all Aborigines from the settled districts. ‘I am at length con­vinced,’ he … Continue reading Frontier Wars: Inventing massacre stories

Frontier Wars: Fact or Fiction? Massacre stories and the policy of separatism

Massacre stories and the policy of separatism Henry Reynolds' book, This Whispering in our Hearts (1998), is a history of those humanitarians and missionaries in Australia who over the past two centuries have taken the Aboriginal side and who have tried to change the behaviour of their fellow Europeans towards the indigenous people of this continent. Reynolds … Continue reading Frontier Wars: Fact or Fiction? Massacre stories and the policy of separatism

Frontier Wars: Fact or Fiction? The fabrication of the Aboriginal death toll

The fabrication of the Aboriginal death toll There have been three serious attempts to estimate the total number of Aborigines killed by Europeans in frontier conflict since 1788. By serious attempts, I mean calculations made by people who are recognised as historians and who use historical evidence and argumentation. They have been made by Henry … Continue reading Frontier Wars: Fact or Fiction? The fabrication of the Aboriginal death toll

Frontier Wars: Fact or Fiction? The invention of massacre stories

The myths of frontier massacres in Australian history The first part of this essay will demonstrate just how flimsy is the case that the massacre of Aborigines was a defining feature of the European settlement of Australia. The second part will examine the estimates by historians of the total number of Aborigines killed and show … Continue reading Frontier Wars: Fact or Fiction? The invention of massacre stories

Black Power, a Multi-Racial Society, and the Immigration Saga

Arthur Calwell was Australia's first Minister for Immigration (1945 to 1949), and later became the leader of the Australian Labor Party (1960 to 1967). In the following document, extracted from his autobiography, Be Just and Fear Not, Calwell mounts a passionate defence of Australia's traditional immigration policies; opposes non-European immigration; and explains that the creation of … Continue reading Black Power, a Multi-Racial Society, and the Immigration Saga