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Australia: Beyond the Fatal Shore Robert Hughes
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Episode 3: Money, Class and Power
Premieres Wednesday, September 6 at 9 pm (ET) on PBS (check local listings).

European Australia began with the most basic of class distinctions -- that between convicts and free persons. Remarkably, by the 1960s, Australia had evolved into one of the most middle-class nations on earth. But its growth from penal colony to suburban utopia has produced different kinds of power struggles. Although most Australians eschew the idea of class, business and politics vie for national control, and the media exerts enormous influence. Some think the country is moving away from its British roots to a more "American style" of independence; others are not so sure.

Episode 4: After Trousers
Premieres Wednesday, September 6 at 10 pm (ET) on PBS (check local listings).

Australia's Aboriginal peoples, like Native Americans, have had their lives torn asunder by the arrival of white settlers. Aboriginal folklore marks time in eras before and after the coming of the Europeans. The era afterwards is known as "after trousers," the name for the time when their plight began and both their faith and way of life were threatened. This episode, entitled "After Trousers," explores how Australia's other contemporary struggle is one of Aboriginal identity for the continent's native people, as relations between blacks and whites still remain fraught with conflict.

About the Series | Episodes 1 & 2 | Episodes 3 & 4 | Episodes 5 & 6



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