Australian Left Review

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Reviews: Living History


Madeleine Smith


Frontier documents European attitudes to Aboricines, as they were being dispossessd, and beyond. It is a sequel to The Other Side of the Frontier which rewrote the history of Aboricinal responses to the European invasion. In his introduction to this history of race relations, Reynolds writes that "the past is still alive, is dangerously alive, in many parts of Australia". Tltis is brought home to me daily in the :"iorthern Territory where I now live. "Aboriginal issues" have been shown to be statistically second only to economic issues in determining the voting preferences of the electorate. And now there is news of another Aboriginal death in custody in Queensland. This is a history book which really sheds light on Australia today.



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