Australia is a big blank map: Warwick Anderson on the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia
Australia is a big blank map, and the whole people is constantly sitting over it like a committee, trying to work out the ways to fill it in.
Written as long ago as 1911, the words of journalist C.E.W. Bean, later inventor of the Anzac legend, haunted me as I read Our North, Our Future, the federal government’s White Paper on developing northern Australia, released on June 17, 2015.
For more than 100 years, white Australians have rallied to cries of northern development, obsessively figuring out how to fill in the country north of Capricorn lest Asians should come and take it or Aborigines reclaim it.
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