The proposal to use the Australian desert to test British nuclear weapons became public in.1946-1947.
All that the federal government had done was appoint two welfare officers to inform nomadic peoples about the nuclear tests. When we consider cultural differences, the fact that only one of these men spoke an Aboriginal language, the vast distances (thousands of square kilometres from Woomera, north-west of
Adelaide, to the north-western coast of ), and
few roads, it's hard to imagine how they could have achieved this. Australia
William Grayden later conducted an enquiry into conditions of Aboriginals re-located to the
area, and was pounced upon by an outraged journalist: Warburton Ranges
Grayden responded by returning to the area, this time with a movie camera. Pastor [Sir] Doug Nicholls from
was invited to join the group which
set out in February 1957 to film these desert nomads. Victoria
The movie made of this visit was titled “Manslaughter” Made too soon for TV to be any useful part of Australia’s communication network, travelled from town to town and was shown in meetings around the country.
It helped begin a tidal wave of awareness in more populous areas around the country, and support for a movement towards [the 1967] constitutional change in Aboriginal Affairs. [Though to be fair, changes were already being made by the Liberal Government.]
All of which is just history, but a history which provides a backdrop against which to view this recent headline: