Land rights and Aboriginal voices (Gary Foley and Tim Anderson, 2006)

This article explains Australian Aboriginal land rights as the just claim of a long historical movement, driven by Aboriginal voices of resistance to dispossession. The land rights movement – demanding the return of land stolen from Aboriginal communities, or compensation for dispossession – grew out of civil rights campaigns, stretching back to the beginning of the 20th century. National land rights claims grew in the 1960s and 70s, leading to a series of partial victories, but for a minority of Aboriginal communities. Continue reading “Land rights and Aboriginal voices (Gary Foley and Tim Anderson, 2006)”

Fond illusions: Some reflections on Australian dependence, Pacific interventions and Indigenous land (2006)

The development of an independent Australian voice and policy seemed promising, and several suggested elements leave us with the fond illusion that one exists. However crippling disabilities stand in the way. Independence might be recognised through the shared and clearly defined institutions of citizenship, mutual support and solidarity. Yet Australian independence has been compromised by imperial dependence and imperial emulation. Continue reading “Fond illusions: Some reflections on Australian dependence, Pacific interventions and Indigenous land (2006)”