Dr Bottoms reminds us in his extensively researched 2013 book Conspiracy of Silence:
No Australian today is responsible for what happened on our colonial frontier. But we are responsible for not acknowledging what happened. If we do not, our integrity as a nation is flawed
Inspired by more recent works of fellow contemporary historians Professor Henry Reynolds, Raymond Evans, Dirk Moses, Jonathan Richards, Robert Orsted-Jensen, Ray Kerkhove and Pamela Lukin Watson, Dr Bottoms feels that Australian history has been more properly represented in recent times and that: This process is not something of which we should be afraid he observed, and that by Following our Indigenous leaders, we, as a nation should be able to find the rightful place for our unique Indigenous people in our shared country.
Accompanying 30 min video documentary version of the book below