Cover-up and Denial of Genocide: Australia, the USA, East Timor, and the Aborigines

  title={Cover-up and Denial of Genocide: Australia, the USA, East Timor, and the Aborigines},
  author={Ben Kiernan},
  journal={Critical Asian Studies},
  pages={163 - 192}
  • B. Kiernan
  • Published 1 June 2002
  • Political Science
  • Critical Asian Studies
Of an estimated population in 1788 of over half a million, fewer than 50,000 Australian Aborigines survived by 1900. Most perished from introduced diseases, but possibly 20,000 Aborigines were killed by British troops, police, and settlers in warfare and massacres accompanying their dispossession. In a neighboring island a century later, Indonesia's invasion and occupation of East Timor from 1975 to 1999 took more than 120,000 lives, out of a population of 650,000. Australia's public and press… 

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