The First Australians in Utopia
Aboriginals had the continent to themselves for 50,000 years. Today, they make up less than three percent of the population, and their traditional lifestyle is disappearing. Almost. In the homelands, the ancient ways live on.
John Pilger’s Utopia catalogs a horrendous history of racist treatment by European settlers – extermination, internment and slavery, progressing today, to mere deprivation and impoverishment.
The houses – or more accurately shacks – of Utopia lack electricity and decent plumbing. Countries like Sri Lanka have eliminated trachoma, here, in one of the world’s wealthiest countries, it is rife.
Source: National Geographic June 2013 and New Internationalist December 2013