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Maralinga : The Chilling Expose of Our Secret Nuclear Shame and Betrayal of Our Troops and Country - Frank Walker

Maralinga

The Chilling Expose of Our Secret Nuclear Shame and Betrayal of Our Troops and Country

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WHO REALLY PAID THE PRICE FOR THE BRITISH NUCLEAR TESTS IN THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK?

The facts are shocking. The treachery is chilling. The fallout ongoing. During the 1950s-60s, with the blessing of Prime Minister Robert Menzies, the British government used Australia as its nuclear laboratory. They exploded twelve atomic bombs on Australian soil - at the Monte Bello Islands, Emu Field and Maralinga. Sixteen thousand Australian servicemen were guinea pigs. RAAF pilots were ordered to fly into nuclear mushroom clouds, soldiers told to walk into radioactive ground zero, sailors retrieved highly contaminated debris - none of them aware of the dangers they faced. But the betrayal didn't end with our soldiers.

Secret monitoring stations were set up around the continent to measure radiation levels and a clandestine decades-long project stole bones from dead babies to see how much fallout had contaminated their small bodies - their grieving parents were never told. Investigative journalist Frank Walker's MARALINGA is a must-read true story of scientists treating an entire population as lab rats and politicians sacrificing their own people in the pursuit of power.

About the Author

Frank Walker is a veteran journalist. His newspaper roles have included being chief reporter for The Sun-Herald covering defence, veterans affairs, national security and terrorism. He's also worked on The Sydney Morning Herald, The National Times, for News Limited in New York, and for Deutsche Welle international radio in Germany. He has published two books to date, The Tiger Man of Vietnam and Ghost Platoon. He lives in Sydney.

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Australian Servicemen Used As Guinea Pigs

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Should be on every high school list so we never forget this part our sad and shocking history.
How Churchill, Menzies and others abused their power in peace time

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    As a Nuclear Veteran's wife who has researched this subject for many years, I can verify what Frank Walker has writen. It is apalling that so many people in this country are not aware that 12 atomic bombs were let off in our Country.
    The cover up is incredible, with lies told and so many records "lost".
    This book should be a must for all school children.

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    A very informative but concerning read

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      Being a teenager at the time of the tests and living less than 400 kilometres east of the test site one wonders what problems these tests have caused the local people to suffer in later life .Also one must ask how the Australian Government got away with it for so long .

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      Dont trust the Government

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        The things the services have to do without question

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        All thinking Australians should read.

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          This is an extraordinary story of Government cover up behavior and misinformation regarding the use of Australian territory for the testing of Atomic weapons in the 1950's and 60'.

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          AWESOME READING!

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            Everything I needed to know about history of Australia and we had a releative over there at the time which this is exactly what we really needed to understand it better. Excellent knowlege!

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            Struck a personal chord

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              Among those deployed to Maralinga during the BAT were four young Anglican AMF chaplains. This reviewer is the
              only one who has not yet died an ugly death from the cancers contracted there by all four from ionising radiation and other atomic fall-out.

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              An original and compelling account that succeeds in exposing the subterfuge and myopia of both British and Australian governments - SATURDAY PAPER

              Demonstrates powerfully why, regardless of the context in which the testing took place, the emotional legacy of Maralinga will linger in the Australian psyche - WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN

              Excellent examination of a dark chapter in Australian history - AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE MAGAZINE

              Riveting and confronting - Ian Freckelton QC, JOURNAL OF LAW AND MEDICINE

              Sparks a rage in the reader that human beings could be treated with such contempt, such cold-blooded, Nazi-like calculated evilness by a nation that, at the time, was regarded as our best friend and ally . . . a well written unmasking of a dirty secret that remains a black stain on our history - LAW SOCIETY JOURNAL

              ISBN: 9780733631900
              ISBN-10: 0733631908
              Audience: General
              Format: Paperback
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 352
              Published: 26th August 2014
              Publisher: Hachette Australia
              Country of Publication: AU
              Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.3  x 2.7
              Weight (kg): 0.5
              Edition Number: 1