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Author Walker, Frank, 1954- author

Title Maralinga : the chilling exposé of our secret nuclear shame and betrayal of our troops and country / Frank Walker
Published Sydney, N.S.W. : Hachette Australia, 2014
Sydney, NSW : Hachette Australia, 2014


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 MELB  363.1799 Wal/Mtc  DUE 03-11-20
Description xii, 340 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, (some colour), facsimiles, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
regular print
Contents Location of key places and test sites -- Direction of fallout -- Prologue -- Of course you can explode your atom bombs in Australia -- "The sight before our eyes was terrifying" -- "Flying into the gates of hell" -- The mystery of the black mist -- A "beautiful" bomb -- Maralinga guinea pigs -- "The earth itself looked as though it was boiling" -- "You never saw those Aborigines, and that's an order!" -- Minor, secret and very dirty -- Whistleblower heroes -- Diamond Jim takes on the Poms -- The baby body snatchers -- "What did the bastards do to us?" -- The dirty clean-up -- The fight goes on -- Back to the future - the outback as nuclear waste dump -- Epilogue -- Appendix 1. Nuclear tests -- Appendix 2. Nuclear timeline -- Appendix 3. Conclusions of the Royal Commission
Summary The facts are shocking. The treachery is chilling. The fallout ongoing. During the 1950s-60s, with the blessing of Prime Minister Robert Menzies, the British government used Australia as its nuclear laboratory. They exploded twelve atomic bombs on Australian soil - at the Monte Bello Islands, Emu Field and Maralinga. Sixteen thousand Australian servicemen were guinea pigs. RAAF pilots were ordered to fly into nuclear mushroom clouds, soldiers told to walk into radioactive ground zero, sailors retrieved highly contaminated debris - none of them aware of the dangers they faced. But the betrayal didn't end with our soldiers. Secret monitoring stations were set up around the continent to measure radiation levels and a clandestine decades-long project stole bones from dead babies to see how much fallout had contaminated their small bodies - their grieving parents were never told. Investigative journalist Frank Walker's Maralinga is a must-read true story of scientists treating an entire population as lab rats and politicians sacrificing their own people in the pursuit of power
Analysis Australian
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-324) and index
Audience Adult
Subject Atomic bomb -- Physiological effects
Atomic bomb -- Testing.
Atomic bomb -- Australia -- South Australia -- Maralinga (S.A.) -- Testing.
Atomic bomb -- Australia -- Maralinga (S.A.) -- Testing.
Indigenous peoples -- Health.
Nuclear weapons testing victims -- Australia -- Maralinga (S.A.)
Indigenous peoples.
Nuclear weapons -- Australia -- Maralinga (S.A.) -- Testing -- Health aspects.
Nuclear weapons -- Australia -- South Australia -- Maralinga (S.A.) -- Testing -- Health aspects.
Nuclear weapons -- Australia.
Nuclear weapons testing victims -- Australia -- South Australia -- Maralinga (S.A.)
Radiation injuries -- Government policy -- Australia.
Radiation injuries -- Australia.
Nuclear weapons.
Radioactive fallout -- Australia -- Maralinga (S.A.)
Radioactive fallout -- Australia -- South Australia -- Maralinga (S.A.)
Veterans -- Diseases -- Australia.
Nuclear weapons -- Great Britain -- Testing.
Veterans -- Diseases.
Veterans -- Medical care -- Australia.
Nuclear Weapons -- history.
Health Policy.
Radiation Injuries.
Radioactive Fallout -- adverse effects.
Maralinga (S.A.) -- History.
Maralinga (S.A.)
United Kingdom.
United Kingdom.
LC no. 2014456619
ISBN 0733631908
Other Titles Chilling exposé of our secret nuclear shame and betrayal of our troops and country