“Chinese living in Australia are ‘a readymade fifth column for communist activities’”.
Cookie was concerned not with self-enrichment, but with the enrichment of the many.
Although she knew it was a joke it still disturbed Dorothy – this clock with only a minute hand. It hung on the wall of the café, mocking time, suspending it forever between one hour and the next. The single hand clicked round and round, pointing to the twelve sets of Roman numerals on the grey, time-faded clock face in a ludicrous journey to nowhere.
“To be a writer does not mean to preach a truth, it means to discover a truth.” Milan Kundera, Czech novelist, interview, 1985.
But the biggest absence is that of Indigenous Australians.