Actually no, John Pilger, (and others who went into panic-mode …

Comment on Pilger’s polemic fails Australia and Aborigines by Maggie Brady.

Actually no, John Pilger, (and others who went into panic-mode about the Army) it is not the first time in modern Australia the army was sent into Indigenous communities.
Doesn’t anyone remember Fred Hollows’ National Trachoma and Eye Health program? Well, in 1976 as Hollows and his trachoma teams fanned out across the country, they called in the help of the Army to assist the program in delivering surgical treatment to Aborigines. Army trucks rolled into remote communities and rows of army tents appeared.
If you look at the program’s report published by the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists (1980, p.164) you’ll see that at Amata, soldiers and surgical teams were invited to attend an inma.
And you’ll see photographs including one showing Aboriginal health workers alongside army personnel after a surgery exercise at – wait for it – Utopia, NT. I don’t recall hearing that Aboriginal women and children thought they were “being attacked” then.

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