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Up from the Mission

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Summary

This is writing of great passion and power, which introduces a fascinating man and a compelling Aboriginal writer.

Many of the pieces included in Up from the Mission have been hard to find until now. Gathered together in a cohesive, broad-ranging book, they show a key Australian thinker coming into being.

Noel Pearson evokes his early life in Hope Vale, Queensland. He includes sections of his epoch-making essay 'Our Right to Take Responsibility', which exposed the trap of passive welfare and proposed new ways forward.

There are pieces on the apology; on Barack Obama and black leadership; on Australian party politics - Keating, Howard and Rudd; and on alcoholism, despair and what can be done to mend Aboriginal communities that have fallen apart.

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Harvard citation

Korff, J 2018, Up from the Mission, <https://www.creativespirits.info/resources/books/up-from-the-mission>, retrieved 23 August 2019

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