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Blackbirds: Australia’s hidden slave trade history

The racism that brought Australian South Sea Islanders here, and the racism that tried to send them back

“We had a slave trade.”

  • Alex McKinnon
  • The Monthly

Emelda Davis speaks these words quietly, as if in deference to their gravity.

She has come to the crux of an argument she has laid out hundreds of times before to politicians, journalists and executives.

Though she is repeating herself, in the way of professional advocates who spend their lives drawing attention to a cause, Davis will never speak of hers as a…

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