It seems that the issue with ‘boat people’ is a contemporary one, however, the way we treated the Maltese in 1916 proves that to be a fallacy.
Back in 1915, violence visited Broken Hill. With the locals blaming German interference or the presence of the ‘Terrible Turks’, troops were quickly called in to “leave no work for the hangman”.
While we may not consume the most on a global scale, our proud history of drinking could see it last far beyond modern hand-wringing.
The general narrative about our involvement in Vietnam is one of shame, opposition and bloodshed based on an accepted lie. Not all of that is strictly true.
Cross-dressing stowaways, inadvertent world records, and clandestine agents working for Napoleon Bonaparte. The French quarter of colonised Australia was wild.