Cruelty and xenophobia in the 'lucky country'

Submitted by Green Left Weekly on Sat, 27/01/2007 - 11:27

-by John Pilger

The Australian writer Donald Horne meant the title of his celebrated book, The Lucky Country, as irony. "Australia is a lucky country run by second-rate people who share its luck", he lamented in 1964, describing much of the Australian elite as unfailingly unoriginal, race-obsessed and in thrall to imperial power and its wars.


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