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Maralinga: The Abuse of Australian Servicemen, Politicians Sacrificing Their Own People, Scientists treating the Population as Lab Rats

By John Stapleton If the ABC TV drama series Operation Buffalo piqued your interest in the British atomic tests in the South Australian desert in the 1950s and 60s, Frank Walker’s book Maralinga, a classic of Australian journalism, reveals the… Continue Reading →

The Desert Stars: The World’s Most Remote Rock Band.

The Photography of Dean Sewell/Oculi. Text by John Stapleton. The Spinifex People, as they are now known, are the immediate descendants of the last nomadic hunter gatherers to experience contact with the modern world. They live on the southern flank… Continue Reading →

‘This Black Smoke rolling through the Mulga’: almost 70 years on, it’s time to remember the Atomic Tests at Emu Field

Liz Tynan, James Cook University. The name Emu Field does not have the same resonance as Maralinga in Australian history. It is usually a footnote to the much larger atomic test site in South Australia. However, the weapons testing that… Continue Reading →

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