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Global Perspective
First broadcast March 2007

The Australian Lungfish

In the Global Perspective series, BBC World Service and seven of its partner stations around the world bring a global perspective on a given theme.

This year, each partner has been examining belief.

Whether a clash between traditional and contemporary beliefs, beliefs that sustain identity, belief in religious entitlement to riches or the absence of belief, the series offers a range of vivid insights.

Programme One: A Drought, a Dam and a Sacred Fish

ABC Australia presenter Nick Franklin tells the story of the Mary River in south-east Queensland, Australia.

The Aboriginal believe that they must protect the river because it is the home of the ancient Australian lungfish, but the government want to dam the river valley to provide enough water for the people - particularly important after the years of drought the country has been struggling with.

Who will win in this clash between contemporary and traditional beliefs?


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