Australian leader Bob Carr slams 'PC' view of history
Speaking last night on ABC radio's Sunday Profile program, Mr Carr said that some historians had "eliminated unattractive features of nomadic life of our accounts of pre-1788 Australia" out of a desire to avoid offending Aborigines.
Mr Carr's comments come just days before a national summit on history teaching in schools, revisiting the decade-long culture and history war over how Australia views its past.
He will take part in the summit, along with others such as leading conservative historian Geoffrey Blainey, who coined the phrase "black armband" view of history — for the views that lament Australia's past rather than recognising its achievements.
In an article in the Education supplement of The Age today, Professor Blainey says that Australia is one of the success stories of modern history.
"You would not gain that impression if you read some books used in schools and universities," he writes.
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