No one has a monopoly on truth when it comes to the past and present lives of Australia’s Indigenous peoples.

Conservatives tend to deny that Indigenous peoples should have special status in the Constitution. Progressives tend to turn a blind eye to the profound dysfunction that plagues so many Indigenous communities — and refuse to accept that Indigenous people want and deserve all of the benefits of the modern world.

In ‘Dangerous Fictions ’, Marcia Langton challenges the dangerous orthodoxies of a society that seems incapable of making peace with the truth of its own past. Below is the opening…

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