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Was there slavery in Australia? Yes. It shouldn’t even be up for debate

Scott Morrison says protesters should be ‘honest about our history’ but the truth about slavery in Australia is commonly misunderstood

Scott Morrison asserted in a radio interview on Thursday morning that “there was no slavery in Australia”.

  • Thalia Anthony and Stephen Gray
  • The Guardian

This is a common misunderstanding which often obscures our nation’s history of exploitation of First Nations people and Pacific Islanders.

The prime minister followed up with: “I’ve always said we’ve got to be honest about our history.”

Unfortunately his statement is at odds with the historical record.

This history was…

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