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For those with progressive instincts, Malcolm Fraser’s recent advocacy for human rights and refugees is likely to colour our attitude towards him. Indeed, in recent days, many on the left have lauded the former prime minister, but we’d do well to have a more circumspect attitude. His career was divided into several chapters – the latest one was by no means the most historically important.
However, critics of the reprint are, in essence, missing the point. Mein Kampf is already widely available. Following the reprint, people will no longer have to furtively download Hitler’s words onto their Kindles and iPads. They will be able to read a published work, which will provide the proper historical context and commentary. They will be able to read the words of scholars systematically disproving the ideological claims he made.
On the former, Premier Colin Barnett made a final settlement offer last year: the government would pay $1.3 billion, indexed over 12 years, into a Noongar Future Fund. In return, the community’s (already limited) right to native title would be forever extinguished. The South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council, acting on behalf of the Noongar community, have held meetings in various areas to secure majority support for Barnett’s settlement offer.
I have stage IV colorectal cancer. In the coverage and discussions, our voices are unheard, our lived experience silenced from a discussion that impacts our lives in a way that journalists and think-piece writers and even doctors cannot understand. I struggle sometimes when I hear stories of people with cancer that most likely would be cured if only they followed the treatment regime suggested by their doctors who make the decision to follow a CAM remedy.