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Because a white man'll never do it

Gilbert, Kevin, 1933-19932013
Kevin Giblert's controversial account of Aboriginal affairs paints a disturbing image of the impact of the colonisation of Australia and the ongoing problems faced by the Aboriginal people -- back cover.
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Sydney, N.S.W. : HarperCollins, 2013.
xvii, 217 pages ; 20 cm.
"The only answer is to give them back their land rights and let the Aborigine try and rectify what the white man has done because a white man'll never do it." -- coverPreviously published: Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1973.Previously published Pymble, N.S.W. : A&R Classics, 2002, c1993.
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Copyright Kevin J. Gilbert 1973, the estate of Kevin J. Gilbert 1994
Kevin Gilbert descends from English/Irish stock on one side and from the tribes of the Kamilaroi and the Wiradjuri nation in central New South Wales on the other. Orphaned at the age of seven, Gilbert's childhood and adolescent experiences would quickly come to define his understanding of Australian race relations. In 1957 Gilbert was sentenced to life imprisonment for the unintentional killing of his wife. It was here in prison where he educated himself and developed his writing and artistry in oils and lino-cut, poetry and dramatic works. Increasingly recognised and acknowledged as a leading Australian literary and political figure, Gilbert was awarded the National Book Council Award in 1978 and the Human Rights Award for Literature in 1988, but refused the latter due to the ongoing injustice and suffering of his people to which he had been witness.
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