The Meeting of the Waters: The Hindmarsh Island Affair
Account and analysis of the fight between developers and local Australian Aborigines over the construction of a bridge between the mainland and Hindmarsh Island in South Australia in the 1990s. Looks at how the battle divided the indigenous and white communities, embroiled the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, and prompted a Royal Commission. Includes endnotes, references, and index.
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This is a landmark in journalism as well as in depiction of Australia's invader-aboriginal relations.
It is as complex, as detailed, as sensitive but as tightly held together as some giant Russian novel.
It depicts wonderfully well the struggle of a bunch of ordinary country-town Aboriginal women against all uncaring, indeed guilt-hostile society, wealth, power, including mining companies, moneyed politicians, scornful male academics and the Murdoch-debauched press.
In many parts it rises to tragedy in its depiction of the helplessness of ordinary people faced with a hostile society, especially the hired dogs of media and (legal) bar.
Fortunately at all levels of invader society there are people who want to truth and who stand beside the prickly ladies who refuse to sell out their ancestors.