"Troubled Waters" by Ruth Balint. [review - radio script].
Dooley, Gillian Mary
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In February 1803 Matthew Flinders met a fleet of Malay fishermen on the north coast of Australia, where they had been coming from time immemorial to gather trepang for the Chinese market. Two hundred years later the descendants of these fishermen are regarded as criminals if they dare to come within two hundred miles of this coast. In 2001 Ruth Balint made an award-winning documentary on the plight of these unfortunate people. She has now turned the research into a book, "Troubled Waters", explaining the context, historical and legal, of the current situation.