What is the poem "Time is Running Out" by Oodgeroo Noonuccal about, and what is the author challenging in Australian dominant ideology?

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In order to understand what the poem "Time Is Running Out" by Oodgeroo Noonuccal is about and how it challenges Australian dominant ideology, it is important to know some details about the poet's background. Noonuccal is of Australian Aboriginal descent. She was born Kathleen Jean Mary Ruska, and after she married Bruce Raymond Walker, she initially published her poetry under the name Kath Walker. She changed her name to Oodgeroo Noonuccal in 1988 to highlight her Aboriginal heritage. Throughout much of her life, the Australian dominant ideology was white supremacy. The concept of White Australia meant that immigration was discouraged, and Aboriginal people—the original Australians—were considered lower-class citizens. Noonuccal became a political activist to fight this white oppression, and her poetry reflects her political viewpoints.

In the first stanza of "Time Is Running Out," we encounter a stark vision of a miner violating the earth "for the sake of greedy trade." The second...

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