What's most annoying (and indeed deeply offensive) about John Pilger and various academic commentators is their readiness to associate the plight of Aboriginal people with that of victims of genocide from other places around the world. But have we ever had it as tough in Australia as in other countries, asks Alex Nelson.
UPDATED February 12, 6.55pm. See postscript in FULL STORY.
Tomorrow is a day of remembering. It is the anniversary date of the apology by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to the Stolen Generations. Marking the occasion in Alice Springs is another screening of Pilger’s Utopia. The organisers no doubt believe that Pilger’s film is a model document of remembering, but brief examination of a section of the film specifically about remembering history shows just how misleading his approach to this important process can be, writes KIERAN FINNANE. Pictured: Aboriginal prisoners on Rottnest Island in 1893 (crop).