Reconciliation and Conciliation: The Irreconciable Dilemma of the 1965 'Equal' Wage Case for Aboriginal Station Workers

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dc.contributor.author Anthony, T
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-02T11:05:51Z
dc.date.issued 2007-01
dc.identifier.citation Labour History, 2007, 93 (11), pp. 15 - 34
dc.identifier.issn 0023-6942
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/16060
dc.description.abstract The Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission in 1965 presided over a landmark case concerning the inclusion of Indigenous workers in the Cattle Industry (Northern Territory) Award 1951. The success of the Australian beef industry during the previous hundred years, especially in the Northern Territory, depended almost entirely upon the work of Indigenous cattle workers but they had rarely been paid. The Commission decided to include Indigenous people under the Award, but its characterisation as an Equal Wage Case is a misnomer. The arguments in the proceedings fuelled a decision that compromised the principle behind Award wages. First, the Commission relied on arguments regarding the lower work value of Indigenous workers to allow individuals to be categorised as `slow workers on below-Award wages. Second, the Commission referred to evidence on the Commonwealths assimilation policy to advocate the removal of workers from `tribal camps on stations. The transcripts reveal racial biases of the Commission that undermined the granting of Award wages.
dc.publisher Australian Society for the Study of Labour History
dc.title Reconciliation and Conciliation: The Irreconciable Dilemma of the 1965 'Equal' Wage Case for Aboriginal Station Workers
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Labour History
dc.journal.volume 11
dc.journal.volume 93
dc.journal.number 11 en_US
dc.publocation Canberra en_US
dc.publocation Colorado, USA
dc.identifier.startpage 15 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 34 en_US
dc.cauo.name LAW.Faculty of law en_US
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pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Law
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Law Research
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Strengthening Indigenous Communities


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