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of compelling evidence before the orthodox view was overturned.

Equally, recent arguments that run counter to the new orthodoxy that

Aboriginal people resisted in numerous ways have failed—by and large—

to achieve much currency, precisely because they do not have enough evidence behind them.2

Who is correct is not the issue here. What matters is that we recognise that context creates a background of accepted conclusions and explanations, which if an established position is challenged, must be taken into account to decide if the new reasoning provides sufficient support for its conclusions.

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