Tim Blair


New Criterion



Friday, July 18, 2003

This is the true adventure story of three young girls who were taken from their Aboriginal families at Jigalong, on the edge of the Little Sandy Desert, in 1931.

So reads the blurb for next Radio National book-reading, Doris Pilkington's great yarn, The Rabbit-Proof fence.

The radio on-air promotion goes further. The girls were "stolen" from their mother.

This isnot the truth, but after Philip Noyce's factoid-fabricating film of the book it is what you will find on about 72 000 of the 74 000 websites Google indexes under the title.

Auntie appears determined to continue the calumny.

Never let the truth stand in the way of defaming your shareholders.

If you really want a laugh, remind yourself of keeper of the national conscience Noyce's compulsory detention of the child actors he used in the film.

Furthermore: If you want to read a passionate and informed case for why all this matters, read this, by Andrew Bolt.