The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

If to­day’s politi­cians likened each other to Burke and Wills, it would be as an in­sult, not a com­pli­ment, laments for­mer fed­eral La­bor min­is­ter Barry Jones in the fore­word to this sturdy tour­ing guide. Once, Burke and Wills were ex­am­ples of en­ter­prise and brav­ery; now it’s fash­ion­able to see them as fail­ures, Jones says. But their ex­pe­di­tion was a suc­cess (B+W were the first white ex­plor­ers to cross Aus­tralia from south to north); it’s just a shame about the end­ing. Guide au­thor and his­to­rian Dave Phoenix set out from Mel­bourne in 2008

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