Aboriginal self-determination. The Whiteman's dream - download pdf or read online

By Gary Johns

ISBN-10: 1925138089

ISBN-13: 9781925138085

Land rights, welfare and tradition have locked aborigines out of the great lifestyles. Land has develop into a burden, welfare has develop into disabling, undesirable behaviour is wrong for tradition. there's a approach out. Aborigines needs to abide via an analogous principles as some other Australian — hunt down possibilities, learn tough, and loose themselves from a tradition of undesirable behaviour. this can be unlike the white man's dream of Aboriginal self-determination. This grand scan has failed. Aborigines, particularly these in distant Australia, desire an go out procedure from the dream. The go out method defined during this publication destroys the rallying cry for tradition. as a substitute, it indicates that how one can self-determination is thru person dignity. in regards to the writer: Gary Johns served in the home of Representatives from 1987-1996 and used to be certain Minister of nation and Assistant Minister for business kinfolk from 1993-1996. He served as an affiliate Commissioner of the Commonwealth productiveness Commission...

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These were the issues that confronted me when I was appointed Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. One of the first issues that arose was when the Council for Aboriginal Affairs recommended that we needed a new definition of who was an Aborigine. They came up with the concept that an Aborigine was any person who had some evidence of descent from an Aborigine or who had been associated with Aborigines for such a time that they felt they were a part of their society. This considerably increased the number of Aborigines in Australia and so, while in the 1950s the total number of Aborigines in the census was in the order of 50,000, 50 years later the number was nearer 500,000.

When a witness, described as a senior Aboriginal woman stated, ‘I think I am witnessing the demise of a proud people’,27 one can only wonder at what point she realised the obvious. Once proud is a nice piece of sentimentalism. Even supposing it is true, the demise has been obvious for decades. Why have governments not acted on the demise rather than pretend either that help is at hand or that there is something to ‘recover’ in Aboriginal societies? A key part of the separatist story is the vehemence with which the proponents attack their society.

But the terms of the implied contract between Aborigines and non-Aborigines have to be understood. They will not be as Yunipingu wishes. Although full of fine words about ‘closing the gap’, government policies cannot possibly achieve their aim while accommodating Aborigines’ hunter-gatherer lifestyle minus the hunting and gathering. The costs, as have become apparent, are measured in violent and degraded lives and, most disastrously, child sexual abuse. Questions need to be asked about the supposed cultural revival occurring among Aboriginal people and the devastation of Aboriginal children and women, mostly by men and boys in remote Australia.

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