From Assimilation to Self-Determination: The Report of the Select Committee Upon Aborigines

Jumbuna Indigenous House of Learning UTS
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Journal of Indigenous Policy, 2007, 7 pp. 69 - 89
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1983 the NSW Government passed Ihe Aboriginal Lond Rights Act 1983 (ALRA). The ALRA established the three-tier community driven land council network, a fifteen year funding arrangement to support enterprises and sustain the network into the future and a mechanism for land recovery. The ALRA came after nearly 200 years of colonial land dealings. Therefore the recognition of Aboriginal land rights has to necessarily deal with this past activity. But there are other detailse nmeshedin the passing of the ALRA. This paper sets out to demonstrate the connections between land dealings, the economy and the administration of Aboriginal Affairs across the policy eras including 'protection', 'assimilation' and 'self-determination'.
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