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'Some time ago, I wrote an article entitled 'On Not Being Australian.' In it I explored the problem of Helen Demidenko and Mudrooroo. These two very well-known and award-winning Australian authors had been revealed as other than they claimed to be. Demidenko, not a Ukranian but, rather, just another Anglo-Australian, seemed simply deceitful, but Mudrooroo was a black street kid who had been treated as Aboriginal and was later proven to be, most likely, of African-American ancestry. I asserted in the article that the uproar over the false identities was wrapped up in the Australian need for those identities, Demidenko as the quintessential immigrant and Mudrooroo as the voice of Aboriginal Australia.' (Author's introduction 119)

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