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Penny Wong’s ‘Whit’-washing of Australia’s history with Timor-Leste is not useful

Penny Wong’s speech at last month’s Whitlam oration demonstrated that while Australia’s relationship with Timor-Leste is swaddled in kind-hearted words, we must not forget that Whitlam gave a nod and a wink to Indonesia’s invasion of 1975. Whitlam’s decision continues to haunt Australia.  The American journalist Michael Kinsley famously defined

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