By Paul Kelly

Containing large interviews with a few of Australia's previous and current leaders, this e-book examines over a century of the Australian kingdom, its humans, its significant occasions, and its customers for the long run. 5 subject matters are explored: youngsters of the Empire; the increase and fall of white Australia; the land of the reasonable cross; the gradual march to reconciliation; and the farewell to nice and robust buddies.

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Aboriginal health on every standard is far worse than that of the rest of the Australian community. Life expectancy, problems in childbirth, infant mortality, the sheer standard of living of Aboriginals, their homes—on all standards they fall way behind and their standards are in many respects third world. Now that is a very real disgrace. There is a view that money has been thrown at the problem but it’s not true that money has been thrown at the problem. Having regard to the fact that Aboriginals need more spending on them, there’s only an extra eight cents spent on Aboriginals compared to other Australians.

Scullin said the Australian people would approve the Isaacs appointment. Stamfordham challenged this; the King’s information was to the contrary. , he asked. The prime minister replied ‘yes’ and went further—he would be prepared ‘to fight an election on the issue: whether an Australian is to be barred from the office of Governor-General because he is an Australian’. Stamfordham was shocked. He insisted that the objection to Isaac Isaacs was not because he was an Australian. Scullin dissented: he said this was the real issue.

After some initiative by Mr Whitlam there’d been an inquiry into land rights and the legislation derived from that inquiry. I believe it would have been quite wrong to say, no, we’re going to throw all this aside, we’re going to ignore this. The Labor Party years 1972 to 1975 were quite important in changing the attitudes of the Coalition Government after 1975. In addition, I think that my government produced two or three of the best ministers for Aboriginal Affairs that Australia has had, Ian Viner and Fred Chaney.

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