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White, threatened and isolated in Aboriginal Australia

May 27, 2012

In liberal Australian folklore, outback Australia is an unpleasant place for urban white liberals due to its uncivilised white rednecks. A classic example of this view can be seen in the cult 1970s film Wake in Flight, in which a middle class Sydney teaching graduate has a horribly uncivilised time in a small country outback town. But forget the liberal fantasies, in the real world  it’s the isolated Aboriginal communities where urban white nurses, social workers and teachers are likely to run into trouble.

Check of some of the reports at this teaching website about life for teaching graduates in the Aboriginal town of Aurukun and other isolated communities in Northern Queensland.