The Resource Aboriginal policy, J. Summers

Aboriginal policy, J. Summers

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Aboriginal policy
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Aboriginal policy
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J. Summers
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eng
Summary
Describes the destruction and dispossession which occurred for Aboriginal people at the time of British settlement of Australia; government policy towards the Aborigines moved from assimilation to protection then back to assimilation; there is a recent move away from assimilation following the 1965 Conference of Commonwealth and State ministers on Aboriginal Welfare, and in south Australia this has been described as 'integration'; outlines the new Commonwealth government policy of Prime Minister McMahon in January 1972; notes that at every stage in the history of the administration of Aboriginal welfare, it has been much easier to change policy than to change practice (p. 124); overview of Aboriginal health status and government policy, with high infant mortality and high level of Aboriginal morbidity; notes that in the Northern Territory governments are unwilling to acknowledge and recognise the poor health of Aborigines (p. 125); low health status has a lot to do with social, economic and administrative problems; brief overview of Aboriginal employment and education; notes also that Aboriginal people are seriously disadvanted in both criminal and civil law; discusses Aboriginal land rights and how the action of the Gurindji at Wave Hill in 1966 has drawn attention to the dispossession of Aboriginal people (p. 129); also discusses the failure of the case of a group of Yirrkala people against Nabalco in 1970; passing of the Aboriginal Lands Trust Act in 1966 in South Australia; discusses how these actions by Aboriginal people are a reaction against institutionalisation as well as a demand for title to land; concludes that "the history of the administration of Aboriginal welfare in Australia is not a history of improvement in the lives of Aborigines. In fact the reverse may be true" (p. 132); brief overview of Aboriginal affairs since the advent of the labor government in 1972; role of Commonwealth Department of Aboriginal Affairs; suspension and reinstatement of Charles Perkins from the Departmetn of Aboriginal Affairs
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  • Perkins, Charles
  • Australia
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Aboriginal policy, J. Summers
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Note
Notes p. 133-138
Bibliography note
Bibliography p. 139
Label
Aboriginal policy, J. Summers
Publication
Note
Notes p. 133-138
Bibliography note
Bibliography p. 139

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