The chilling expose of our secret nuclear shame and betrayal of our troops and country.
The facts are shocking. The treachery is chilling. The fallout ongoing.
During the 1950s–60s, with the blessing of Prime Minister Robert Menzies, the British government used Australia as its nuclear laboratory. They exploded twelve atomic bombs on Australian soil – at the Monte Bello Islands, Emu Field and Maralinga. Sixteen thousand Australian servicemen were guinea pigs.
RAAF pilots were ordered to fly into nuclear mushroom clouds, soldiers told to walk in radioactive ground zero, sailors retrieved highly contaminated debris – none of them aware of the dangers they faced.
But the betrayal didn’t end with our servicemen. Secret monitoring stations were set up around the continent to measure radiation levels and a clandestine decades-long project stole bones from dead babies to see how much fallout had contaminated their small bodies – their grieving parents were never told.
Investigative journalist Frank Walker’s Maralinga is a must-read true story of scientists treating an entire population as lab rats and politicians sacrificing their own people in the pursuit of power.
New edition of Maralinga in 2016
A new paperback and ebook edition of Maralinga with extra material is being published by Hachette in mid 2016.
Hundreds of people contacted me after reading the first edition to tell their often tragic stories of what happened to them after the nuclear tests. Many families are still suffering the health effects and many were horrified to learn of the experiments done on the bones of dead babies and infants to find how much radiation their little bodies had absorbed from the atomic fallout.
Many provided me with alarming previously secret information that I have included in the new edition. They had been afraid to reveal what they knew before they read Maralinga as they feared repercussions under the Official Secrets Act they had signed sixty years ago. Some still feared their name going public, and I have kept their confidence. But where I could verify their information I have used it in the new edition.
Others were so angry by what they had read and disturbed by the accounts of others that they wanted their names used so that others might speak out about what they knew.
Not all mysteries were solved however, and if any reader knows something that might plug the holes in the full story of what was done at Maralinga, the fallout across the continent, and the way Australia and its millions of people were used as virtual guinea pigs I urge them to come forward. The story is far from over.
I can be contacted through this website and all approaches are treated as confidential.
A Maralinga movie?
A movie company has bought the film rights to the book Maralinga intending to make it into a full fledged drama film. We shall see what happens, but a movie would increase public awareness of what happened. So many people - especially young people – don’t know Britain dropped atomic bombs on Australia. I noted John Howard’s huge book on Menzies passed over the atomic tests in just a few lines describing it as part of a defence pact – which it wasn’t. Many people told me Maralinga should be part of the school syllabus. I wish, but am not holding my breath.
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Hachette Paperback or E-Book Format: https://www.hachette.com.au/books/detail.page?isbn=9780733631900
Listen to an interview I did with Barry Mac on Radio 2ST through this link: http://www.2st.com.au/barry-mac/81042-maralinga
Long interview with Radio 3CR link at: https://s3.amazonaws.com/3cr.podcast/audio/3CRCast-2014-11-22-81172.mp3
ABC 24 TV interview: http://www.abc.net.au/news/
Fran Kelly, ABC Radio National: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/historic-south-australian-a-bomb-tests-come-to-light/5696410
“The book provides a powerful reminder of the harm that can be done by using national security to conceal indefensible behavior………and gives harrowing accounts of the experiences of servicemen and technicians who were exposed – in some cases deliberately – to dangerous levels of radiation without their permission.”
Veteran journalist and security expert Brian Toohey, Eureka Street
"Maralinga, by Frank Walker is a story of a government’s greatest betrayal to its people and the dire consequences for those who have survived - a must read."
Joshua Dale, Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers newsletter, 4 Dec 2014.
“This is a remarkable book. It is well researched, easy to read and with facts and figures that are truly scary."
Coral Wynter, Green Left Weekly
“Coupled with Walker’s previous books on the Vietnam War, Maralinga sets Walker as one of Australia’s treasure troves of investigative journalism. After all his years reporting for newspapers the world over, his facts are reliable; his analysis razor sharp; his writing a pleasure to read; his message resounding."
Anthony Wallace, Intermedia Group, published in the surveyors’ magazine Azimuth, July 2015.
The Saturday Paper - 13 Sept 2014
The Australian - 30 August 2014