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Australia: Beyond the Fatal Shore Robert Hughes
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Episode 5: The Wave of the Future
Premieres Thursday, September 7 at 9 pm (ET) on PBS (check local listings).

European Australia's long and ignoble history of racism is examined in "The Wave of the Future," as extensive immigration to Australia has reshaped the nation over the past few decades. On the one hand, 200 different languages are spoken in Sydney. Asians, in particular, flock there in droves, and Australia officially prides itself on being successfully multi-cultural. But ugly sentiments nonetheless bubble to the Australian surface. Where these conflicts will lead remains to be seen.

Episode 6: The Long Goodbye
Premieres Thursday, September 7 at 10 pm (ET) on PBS (check local listings).

Some Australians believe that much of the nation's strife could be more readily healed if Australia ended its long relationship as a part of the British Empire and claimed its independence as a republic. But despite public referendums, the country hasn't yet been able to complete the separation from England, as illustrated in this episode. AUSTRALIA: BEYOND THE FATAL SHORE concludes with an examination of the often-troubled history between the Poms and the Aussies, and traces Australia's attachment to the British Empire to a national inferiority complex born of the "convict stain" that has still not fully washed away.


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

 

 

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