Tim Blair


New Criterion



Friday, July 02, 2004
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM'S new director, Craddock Morton, has announced that two major galleries dealing with post-1788 Australia will be re-constructed.

Details are not available on the museum's website, but clearly, from Morton's comments on radio, part of the intention is to represent the achievements of white settlement as something more than a diaster for the existing land and its peoples.

Auntie's hacks are already hinting darkly at conspiracies of whitewashers following the direction of that Saddamite, John Howard.

They all know that before the prophet Gough, all was darkness over the land. That is also the gist of the Museum's existing portrayal of Australian politics.