experience with the land. Their double vision is drawn for a moment to what is underfoot, rather than on the horizon. A newfound respect for Aboriginal practices, an increasingly sophisticated and scientific understanding of the land, 27 a new interest in the potential use values of native flora and fauna, and even a bold effort to forge a new system of governance of the Murray-Darling basin 28 all reflect efforts by Euro-Australians to come to terms with their land. In 1989, Prime Minister Bob Hawke stood at the junction of the suffering Murray and Darling Rivers to proclaim the government's statement of the environment, Our country our future. 29 Our country? A brave statement for a "semi-peripheral" nation buffeted by the harsh winds of global markets. Australia's experience with cotton reveals to us a land of colonizers, grappling with the dilemmas of the colonized.
I wish to thank the Fulbright Foundation/Australian-American Educational Foundation for providing the opportunity to travel to Australia in 1991-1992, and the Australian National University for hosting me. Special thanks go to John Merritt.