Who's Afraid of the Dark? Australia's Administration in Aboriginal Affairs

Murphy, Lyndon (2000). Who's Afraid of the Dark? Australia's Administration in Aboriginal Affairs Master's Thesis, Centre for Public Administration, The University of Queensland.

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Author Murphy, Lyndon
Thesis Title Who's Afraid of the Dark? Australia's Administration in Aboriginal Affairs
School, Centre or Institute Centre for Public Administration
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2000-06-01
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Subjects 370103 Race and Ethnic Relations
Abstract/Summary In this dissertation I argue that Australia's administration of Aboriginal Affairs since 1897 has operated from a premise of non-recognition under policies of assimilation. It is argued and demonstrated that government initiatives have merely undergone technical adjustments designed to retain assimilationist practices, rather than advance the recognition of Aboriginal people in Australia as Aboriginal people. In terms of agenda and policy, non-Aboriginal values, perspectives and assumptions dominate and control the power of definition. This domination has characterised Aboriginal relations with the state through the colonial experience, federation and contemporary practices. However, the most significant 'change' in this relationship is the co-optation of Aboriginal people into non-Aboriginal administrative structures on the assumption that such mechanisms can adequately accommodate Aboriginal rights and interests.
Keyword Australian Aborigines
Aboriginal self-government
Self-determination
Indigenous self-government
Social policy

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