Stolen Generations: Online Testimonies as Sources of Social Justice: Towards an Ethics of Encounter

The Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society
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Australia and New Zealand Law and History E-Journal, 2013, 2013 (10), pp. 1 - 13
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In this paper, I am using the provocation of `the source to examine the significance of a recent iteration of Stolen Generations testimonies to questions of contemporary social justice. This testimonial form has had a complicated and fraught history across Australian legal and cultural domains: in the handful of cases that have dealt with injuries arising out of the Stolen Generations, courts have placed oral testimony in contest with state documentary records1 ; oral testimony has also featured in different iterations of extra-legal Stolen Generations projects, which have been produced by state, corporate and Indigenous parties, sometimes leading to the problem of testimonies being co-opted into state and private projects, which do not necessarily benefit Indigenous people
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