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A long way from No Go, Tjanara Goreng Goreng ; with Julie Szego

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A long way from No Go
Title
A long way from No Go
Statement of responsibility
Tjanara Goreng Goreng ; with Julie Szego
Title variation
Long way from No Go
Title variation remainder
a memoir
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Language
eng
Summary
This is a memoir of an Aboriginal woman, Tjanara Goreng Goreng, who began life without any of the advantages of her fellow non-Indigenous Australians except for grit, humour and diverse talent in spades. Life was tough and poor as an Aboriginal kid in No Go, in remote Queensland. Tjanara navigates the treacherous waters of her childhood, immersed in the legacy of 200 years of brutal treatment of her mother's people that has left its suppurating scars deep in their psyche. Tjanara's parents believed that education was the only way to break through systemic poverty, and found ways to send all five children to school that were at once desperate and fraught. A disempowered people are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse - in her case, by the Catholic clergy. A strong-willed, successful student and athlete, after graduating from university, the times were ripe. She found her place in the new era of federal policymaking: land rights and self-determination, initiatives on health, education, and social justice that were spearheaded by Charlie Perkins and his bright young people. Tjanara was at the nerve centre of Australia's political life, shaping policy during the most exciting and innovative period in Australian politics. But she struggles to escape the dark side that leads straight back to her heritage - her experiences as an Indigenous Australian: the abuse, the daily acts of cruel racism, the despairing plight of her people, the addictions to numb the pain. Rising to a management position in Social Policy within the Prime Minister's Department, the ideological landscape has taken a tectonic turn under the Howard government. When fraudulent claims are cooked up to give the government an excuse to send the military into Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory, she courageously blows the whistle, and is sacked, charged and convicted for breaches of the Crimes Act relating to disclosure of confidential information; and is bankrupted for her actions. Always the professional, engaged in numerous ways to help her people, her own damage leads her on a search for healing: from psychotherapy to Aboriginal knowledge to Indian meditation and spirituality. Szego is captivated and captivates us with this extraordinary Australian whose irrepressible, playful wicked humour leaps off the pages, even as we glimpse the personal and communal pain and despair at times in a life that sweeps across the breadth of the land and its history. Through one woman's story, this book shines a light on the shameful treatment and betrayal of first Australians by individuals and social institutions over generations since Europeans took over this country. Not least in her sights is the Catholic Church: her shocking claims about systemic sexual abuse of Aboriginal children, including herself, have never been aired publicly until now. This is a story of resilience, courage and Tjanara's remarkable capacity to overcome every possible barrier that can be thrown up in Australian society. She is an inspiration to all fellow Australians and more specifically to the disenfranchised, marginalised and voiceless Indigenous communities
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
YDX
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1958-
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Goreng Goreng, Tjanara
Dewey number
305.89915092
Illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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Szego, Julie
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  • Goreng Goreng, Tjanara
  • Political activists
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Child sexual abuse by clergy
Label
A long way from No Go, Tjanara Goreng Goreng ; with Julie Szego
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
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  • sti
  • txt
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000063008041
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
199 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780648215974
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
portraits (chiefly colour)
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)1040618589
Label
A long way from No Go, Tjanara Goreng Goreng ; with Julie Szego
Publication
Copyright
Note
Prepublication record (machine generated from publisher information)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000063008041
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
199 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780648215974
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
portraits (chiefly colour)
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)1040618589

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