So in the end Howard's history is history. Or is it? According to reports, the much-awaited new history curriculum which was being promised as something where in the prime minister's words "you just teach what happened", will be pretty similar to the way we've been teaching history before.

Apparently the history of something called "Australia" for the last 200-odd years will be projected back 60,000 years to the arrival of Aboriginal peoples on a continent they didn't think of as such. Nine key periods will then be elaborated, with 70 "milestones" on the way - you know, No.12 Timor Sea formed, No. 53 Don takes 99.94 average, that sort of weighting - and events will be taught from a variety of points of view, with nine "perspectives" including Aboriginal, gender, environmental, etc etc.