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Changing Rights and Freedoms of Indigenous Australians

This essay examines the changing rights of Aboriginal Australians from the era of the protectionism policy to the apology. Also includes information regarding influential figures and significant moments.

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Changing Rights and Freedoms of Indigenous Australians Introduction–It is crucial in any discussion of the changing rights and freedoms of indigenous people to understand their relationship to the land (The Dreaming) as well as the importance of the land in connecting them to their ancestors. Retaining access to the land has been essential not only for physical survival but also for survival culturally. The declaration of Terra Nullis and subsequent denial of land rights by the British began a history of control for access to the land. The policies of ‘protection’ and assimilation were deliberate attempts to eradicate the culture (and existence) of indigenous people by removing them from the basis of their culture and livelihood – the land. Conversely the painstaking rival of such rich and highly-developed customs is similarly allied with the fight for and partial achievement of Native Land title. Government policies also resulted in human rights abuses including of course the stolen generations – again a deliberate attempt to eradicate indigenous culture. Increasing indigenous political ...

... to Warren Mundine, Aboriginal leaders continue to fight for Aboriginal rights and access by indigenous peoples to their land. In the words of Yothu Yindi This land was never given up This land was never bought and sold The planting of the union jack Never changed our law at all Now two river run their course Separated for so long I’m dreaming of a brighter day When the waters will be one Conclusion - The Post World War Two years have been tumultuous for indigenous peoples. Changing government policies and public attitudes resulted largely from increased indigenous awareness and activism. Governments reacted to the public awareness of the plight of indigenous people by landmark legislation. Outstanding indigenous leaders were instrumental in the changes that occurred. The plight of indigenous peoples in Australia is still of deep concern with high rates of unemployment, alcoholism, child abuse, incarceration and cultural displacement. There is still a long way to go.
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Humanistic Studies
Benjamin I.

I love the coherent and systematic presentation in this essay...and the contents it presented..its pretty impressive---the historical, legal and cultural info included here are definitely substantial.

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