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Among The Barbarians: The Dividing Of Australia

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This is the story the media will not tell.Among the Barbarians exposes one of the greatest political frauds in Australian history. Australia has achieved the most brilliant social transformation, yet is now on the brink of being damaged and divided. Why?

"The clash between France and Australia, observes the Australian writer Paul Sheehan, is the first real confrontation bet
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Paperback, 338 pages
Published 1998 by Random House Australia
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Chris
Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Sheehan was a Fairfax journalist with a known conservative bias, and his book is over 20 years old, so on each count I was a bit dubious whether it would be worth reading. Nonetheless, his primary premise – that the charge of racism has been used to silence those critical of public policy on immigration, multiculturalism and Indigenous affairs – was not easily dismissed. I've had several personal experiences in which ludicrous allegations of discrimination were made as a counter-attack by people ...more
Trena
Aug 04, 2013 rated it liked it
The election is looming , thought this might be appropriate reading
was it a rant or justified are we living in the misconception that all is well .found it hard to get the flow of this book. It did give food for thought and was provoking.
Duncan Smith
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn't read this in minute detail, but at times I couldn't tell if he was for or against multiculturalism, although he's more honest than most in detailing some of the problems it has brought. At the same time, he seems to think it's a success.

Twenty years on, and multiculturalism around the world is hardly an unqualified triumph, to say the least.

Paul Sheehan is a good writer and journalist though, and this is a good read.
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NoBeatenPath
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
A book that was a bit tedious and over-rated when it was first published, now a dated look into the mind of the Australian right-wing of politics. Not nearly as important or predictive as it was believed to be at the time.
Andrew L
Nov 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Very hard to get into. The author does a lot of early talking up about how controversial his points are, what hate mail he got etc. I got about 1/3 of the way through it and still wasnt clear exactly what the key points of his argument was. Not very clear or compelling, so gave it up at that point.
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