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Two Steps Forward

Bendigo Writers Festival

Event Date: 10 August 2019
Author / Presenters: Tony Birch, Marilyn Lake, Sarah Maddison

Sarah Maddison puts it simply: white Australia can’t solve black problems. From protection to recognition, no matter what the government policy has been, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ suffer. Marilyn Lake’s new book tells how the “colonial fantasy” was incorporated into advanced democratic politics. White Australia’s progressive politics – the beacon of the world - was racist. Tony Birch hosts a much-needed conversation to ask, are even the most progressive policies stuck in retrogressive mindsets that entrench the same failures into the future?


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