Ben Quilty: it’s time to acknowledge our colonial terrorism


For the past few days I have listened to people I admire and people I don’t, talk about the challenge of facing up to our colonial past.

One comment that struck me the hardest on radio was that “none of Australia’s first Europeans were as bad as their Confederate counterparts in the United States”.

John Batman is widely known as the founder of Melbourne.

He makes the American Confederates look friendly. As a bounty hunter in Tasmania he killed countless Aboriginal people.

Prae 3cIn his words: “We only captured that night one woman and a male child about two years old … next morning we found one man very badly wounded (and) shortly after we found another, alive but very bad … On Friday morning we…

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