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I gained an LL.B from the University of Sydney and an M.A. from the University of Hawaii (many credits being from Yale) and was a Member of the House of Representatives in the Australian Parliament from 1974-90. When I was Minister for Immigration from 1979-82 I was responsible for the settlement in Australia of many thousands of refugees from Vietnam and Cambodia. Helping integrate Australia into Southeast Asia and the South Pacific was my principal objective. I practised law in Australia and Papua New Guinea and studied Burma in particular when at Yale. As few people knew of this remarkable country, its people and their culture I vowed to write a history of British conquest from the Burmese perspective. Insufficient sources existed for me to do so, however, and I had to then write an historical novel. Here it is!