Margaret Simons: secret women’s business on Hindmarsh Island
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Leading Australian literary journalist Margaret Simons (1960) is an award-winning freelance and the author of ten books and many essays and articles. As a social and political commentator in Australia, she is regarded as one of the best. In 2003, her book The Meeting of the Waters: The Hindmarsh Island Affair, brokered both heated debate and revelation. Her investigation into the battle between local Aboriginal people living on Hindmarsh Island in South Australia, and developers wishing to build a bridge between the mainland and the island during the 1990s, is both beautifully written and starkly troubling. This story, I believe, goes beyond the immediate telling, reflecting the troubled divide between indigenous and white Australia – a metaphor, so to speak, of a simmering but still current disconnect.
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