It seems almost unfair to include this post in the collection, because the ABC has begrudgingly (very begrudgingly) done my work for me. Mind you, up until just recently, even official government websites were touting it as gospel.
SPOILER ALERT: They weren’t!
If Linda Burney and Jackie Huggins (see below) can remember when ‘they were counted among the nation’s wildlife’ (being a completely debunked contemporary recollection), it doesn’t bode well for the potential veracity of stories passed verbally through the generations.
If the incredible momentum this urban myth has gathered, is any indication of the damage a fallacy can wreak, inter-generational stories should be treated with extreme caution and examined in minute detail.
Making us look great in world news:
This one’s current, government and paid for by you! Clearly can’t be bothered to fix it.
Given the Covid response, this one about human rights is one of my favourites. I particularly like the inset picture of the Nazi soldier: