Richard Flanagan, 2007 (on John Howard's intervention in dysfunctional Aboriginal communities):
"For 10 years the trauma at the heart of Australia had not only been denied, but exacerbated. Now there was a damburst, a national outpouring of despair and anger. With every day since he announced his plan, the clamour has grown only louder. And Howard - journeying like Quixote into the heart of a nation's great historical wound that he had denied for 10 long years, seeing only a windmill of an election - seemed neither to comprehend nor care, as the ride grew rougher and stranger with every passing day."Richard Flanagan, August 27, 2009 (asked about his attitude to the intervention on ABC's Q and A):
"I haven't been to these communities, so I don't know."