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Set with the backdrop of Papunya, a Northern Territory Aboriginal community whose history showed so much promise but whose dysfunction is now more prominent than its famous artwork, King Brown Country is a book that has to be published. It goes to the core of Indigenous issues today to expose unmitigated misery, shocking levels of domestic violence and sex abuse and extreme alcohol and substance dependency. But above all, it reveals how a powerful fiefdom was allowed to rule unchallenged and unchecked to the great detriment of a once secure community, and explains why the Intervention was necessary and why it may not work. King Brown Country is a powerful and shaming portrait of a community in crisis. Papunya remains an emblem for the failure of all Australians to come to terms with the continent's oldest inhabitants.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781741756227
ISBN-10: 1741756227
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 153mm x mm)
Pages: 260
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2010
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Russell Skelton

Russell Skelton is a contributing editor the The Age. He has received the prestigious Grant Hattam Quill award for investigative journalism and a United Nations Association Peace Award for his reports on Aboriginal disadvantage.