Joanne Watson is the author of Palm Island: Through a Long Lens (Aboriginal Studies Press, 2010). She teaches English and history to senior studies students at TAFE Brisbane, Queensland.
A century of activism and heartache
EssayWhere Aboriginal people are concerned, the twin strands of dysfunction and idealisation weave a highly coloured thread through the fabric of Australian culture. The strand that remains all but invisible is that of ordinary Aboriginal lives, the preoccupations and pleasures that amidst all...