‘The Great Divide’ author says Australia needs to tackle racial issues and build closer ties with the US

Australian author and former diplomat John Curtin has criticised the way in which racial issues are discussed in Australia, calling for an overhaul of the country’s approach to relations with the world.

Mr Curtin, who wrote the upcoming book The Great Divide: Australia’s Intercontinental Marriage Boondoggle, said the country needed to address racial issues such as discrimination in the media and the lack of access to information on Australia’s immigration policies.

“Australia is a country of diversity and there’s always going to be people who have different beliefs, different cultural backgrounds, different economic circumstances, and it’s not always going of course for the betterment of the society, so I think we need to look at these things in a more holistic way, and that’s what the book is about,” he told AM.

Mr Trump and his wife Melania, who was born in Slovenia, are set to visit Australia next month.

Mr White and Mr Curtin have written about their own experiences in the US, including their first meeting in 2005.

They said the meeting had changed their outlook on the US and helped them understand the country more.

“We were like, ‘You know, we live in the United States, but there’s something about the way the people are in the streets that makes us feel like we can’t live in this country’,” Mr White said.

“I don’t know how much of it is the country, but the way that they behave, they don’t feel like they belong in the country.”

Mr Curtins book, which will be published in Australia next year, is based on his experience as an American diplomat during the 1980s and 1990s.

Mr Black and his mother were murdered in the 1970s and he said the two people who had the biggest impact on him were his father and his grandfather.

“They taught me the value of hard work and how to do it,” Mr Black said.

The book’s release is likely to be overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The two-part documentary, entitled How America’s Greatest Foreign Exchange Dealings Became a Disaster, is due to be broadcast on ABC1 at 11:00am on Sunday.

Topics:immigration,community-and-society,cnn,community,human-interest,united-statesFirst posted April 20, 2019 17:00:24More stories from New South Wales