Book Release: “Secrets and Lies”

Secrets and Lies bookAn explosive new book is out for Reconciliation Week. It is called Secrets and Lies: The Shocking Truth of Recent Australian Aboriginal History, A Memoir. It covers the period from 1975 to 2021.

While First Nations people are asking for a Voice and Truth Telling, this book gives voice to the Aurukun and Mornington Island people as, in their own words, they tell the Bjelke-Petersen government why they don’t want to be taken over and why they don’t want mining.

The book tells the shocking truth and lays bare secrets and lies. It also exposes the debates in Queensland and federal parliaments of the time over issues like “Who is an Aboriginal?”, a Black State, perceived discrimination against white people etc. and the Commonwealth-State conflict over Indigenous affairs.

Flashpoints in the history of First Nations people such as Noonkanbah where the Western Australian government wanted to force mining on the Aboriginal people, black deaths in custody including the Mulrunji case, court cases over award wages, the Koowarta, Mabo and Wik cases and much more are covered.

The emergence of the North Queensland Land Council and taking the fight for First Nations people to an international level is a fascinating story, as is the development of the Federation of Land Councils as a national voice.

The history of Reconciliation Week, Sorry Day, the fight for constitutional recognition, the Uluru Statement from the Heart, the current co-design process for the Voice, the work of state governments on treaties are all covered with no holds barred.

Author of ten books, mostly on Australian history affecting First Nations people, Barbara Miller’s memoir shows how she became part of the story. Written in a near-novel like manner and action-packed style, this book is part of a series called First Nations True Stories and is available for pre-order on Amazon now.

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About the Author:

Pastors Barbara Miller and her husband Norman planted a church in Cairns in 1996 and named it Tabernacle of David in 2000. They founded the Centre for International Reconciliation and Peace, a para-church ministry in 1997 as they have a strong focus on reconciliation, justice, prayer and worship and work for transformation in Indigenous communities. They have led a number of prayer events for Australia Day including a key one in Canberra in 2019. After this the Lord led them to set up a spiritual shadow government with prayer leaders covering portfolios.

They hosted Psalm 24:7 conferences in Cairns 2003, Parliament House Canberra 2004, Uluru 2005, Sydney 2006, Bendigo and Melbourne 2007, Cairns 2009 and Parliament House Canberra 2010, 2011 and 2012 and helped launch the Canberra Declaration and the National Day of Prayer and Fasting at these conferences.

Norman is also an Aboriginal artist and Barbara is a psychologist, mediator and trainer.

The Millers teach on Israel and have celebrated the Biblical feasts since 1997. They lead a team of Australians to Israel regularly and have ministered in the Palestinian territories, Turkey, England, Canada, the USA, Zimbabwe, Guatemala, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, NZ, PNG, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. The Millers were the (2005-2012) leaders of the Bethany Gate and Australia under the Jerusalem House of Prayer for All Nations and hosted the Bethany Gate & All Pacific Prayer Assembly attended by over 2,000 people in Cairns May 2006. 

Barbara is also the author of several books, most of them on Australian history and biography, including one of a 100-year-old Holocaust survivor. Barbara was a finalist in the main prize of the Queensland Literary Awards 2018 for her memoir “White Woman Black Heart: Journey Home to Old Mapoon, a Memoir.”

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