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Maralinga: The chilling expose of our secret nuclear shame and betrayal of our troops and country by [Walker, Frank]
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'The story reaches out and grabs you by the throat' - Dr Clare Wright, historian and author of The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka


The facts are shocking. The treachery is chilling. The fallout ongoing.

This edition contains a new author note with shocking new material that has come to light as a result of the groundbreaking original publication.

Investigative journalist Frank Walker's Maralinga is a must-read true story of the abuse of our servicemen, scientists treating the Australian population as lab rats and politicians sacrificing their own people in the pursuit of power.

During the Menzies era, with the blessing of the Prime Minister, the British government exploded twelve atomic bombs on Australian soil. 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 these servicemen. Secret monitoring stations were set up around the country to measure radiation levels and a clandestine decades-long project stole bones from dead babies to see how much fallout had contaminated their bodies - their grieving parents were never told. This chilling exposé drawn from extensive research and interviews with surviving veterans reveals the betrayal of our troops and our country.


'An amazing tale – utterly gripping, it reads like a thriller' - Jon Faine, ABC Radio Melbourne

'This book will contribute to a much greater awareness and perhaps much more action on this issue'
- Fran Kelly, ABC Radio National

'Walker demonstrates powerfully why, regardless of the context in which the testing took place, the emotional legacy of Maralinga will linger in the Australian psyche, just as do Gallipoli, Bodyline and Singapore. The cost in terms of damage to health, the environment and public trust in government will remain with us for generations to come' - The Australian

'Shocking revelations…' -
Margaret Throsby, Midday Interview, ABC Classic FM

'An extraordinary story – there are things here that would make your hair stand on end'
- Philip Clark, ABC Radio Canberra

'This book should be on the school syllabus'
- Andrew O'Keefe, Weekend Sunrise

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4688 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Australia (26 August 2014)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JKONA4U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,283 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I devoured this book from beginning to end, and dear reader i am certainly not one of those people that subscribe to conspiracy theory's!
However if what is written in this book is true,( and we have no reason to doubt it due to checkable referencing.),the British and Australian governments must be held accountable for this brutal and tragic past treatment of its own people.
This book should be a MUST in all school History and University Curriculum's
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The story of the testing of nuclear weapons on Australian soil needed to be uncovered, and author Frank Walker has done a thorough job researching and exposing these tests. I would have liked it if the author had a better understanding of the underlying science of radiation exposure, as I think that would have enhanced the credibility of this account of a dark time in Australia's history.
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A great read which exposes the true story about the collusion between the Australian and British governments.
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By Tony on 4 November 2015
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One of the victims whose story appears in the book was a close relative. Politicians cannot be trusted.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 'Maraling' - Much Ado About Nothing New. 27 October 2014
By Len Bowen - Published on Amazon.com
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Well written and very well researched, however it covers a lot of old ground and really adds nothing new to the on-going discussion. I am a little biased, though, having spent 50 years in Air Force uniform and know a fair bit about where the skeletons are buried - and by whom.

Good background, however, for Gen X & Y who may never have even heard that we had British atomic bombs tested on Australian soil with a complete disregard for Australian (and some British) human life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly researched and Frank Walker has provided readers with a ... 16 September 2014
By Chris Burchett - Published on Amazon.com
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Thoroughly researched and Frank Walker has provided readers with a documented expose of Australian and British Government's betrayal of our citizenry, a betrayal that remains ill-defined in terms of its potential on-going impact upon the guinea pigs/aka service personnel serving at Maralinga and the traditional Indigenous owners, whose tenure and responsibility for that land, finally recognised in law was handed back in a slightly "modified state. Tours through the safe, non-radio-active parts of the Maralinga Tjarutja's estates are going to be available from March 2015 onwards with on-line bookings at www.maralingatours.com.au.
5.0 out of 5 stars Maralinga was a great book that exposes both the Australian and British attitude ... 12 November 2014
By David Utley - Published on Amazon.com
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Maralinga was a great book that exposes both the Australian and British attitude to the expendibility of aboriginal Australians, British and Australian troops when it came to nuclear testing. Although it was early days in the nuclear arms race the politicians of the time did not exhibit due care when it came to staff involved and the Australian public. This was a book that I just had to read straight through as it was riveting. For me it raises the question of other government secrets and research issues still considered secret. Frank Walker is a must read for all Australians who have an interest in modern history of the post war era.
5.0 out of 5 stars This should be read by every Australian. 10 September 2016
By Mr. D. W. Holbrook - Published on Amazon.com
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This is all public information, but you would find it very difficult to source due to thousands of documents and the fact that UK and Australian governments do not want you to know the facts. And the most frightening part of all this are the facts; not speculation or conjecture -facts.
5.0 out of 5 stars We need to be aware of what governments can do ... 6 February 2017
By Lady Piranha - Published on Amazon.com
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We need to be aware of what governments can do without the knowledge of the people they are meant to protect. Shame on Britain.