Aboriginal Autonomy: Issues and Strategies

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 17, 1994 - History - 251 pages
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After more than two hundred years, one of the most important moral issues facing Australian society in the 1990s remains the need for reconciliation with its indigenous people. In this selection of essays, H. C. Coombs reflects on the nature of Aboriginal identity and the importance of autonomy for Australiaas Aboriginal people. He also suggests strategies by which self-determination might be achieved in practice. Many of the chapters have been written especially for this volume - including one in which Dr Coombs makes a thoughtful and provocative contribution to the Mabo debate, linking the High Courtas historic 1992 decision on native title to prospects for Aboriginal autonomy. Dr Coombs writes with the conviction that mainstreama Australia stands to gain as much, if not more, than Aboriginal people from the fulfilment of Aboriginal aspirations. It is a personal and passionate plea for a just society, from one of white Australia's most influential and eloquent advocates of self-determination for its indigenous people.
  

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Contents

The making of Aboriginal identity
2
The future of the homeland movement
24
Warlpiri land use and management
32
The implications of land rights
39
Economic social and spiritual factors in Aboriginal health
54
Aboriginal education and the issues underlying Aboriginal deaths in custody
66
Aboriginal work and economy
76
The ideology of development in the East Kimberley
86
Aborigines and the Treaty of Waitangi
143
Aboriginal initiatives on the land
156
Initiatives in Aboriginal political organisation
171
Education taking control
187
The Mabo decision a basis for Aboriginal autonomy?
200
Negotiating future autonomy
220
The Eva Valley Statement
231
References
235

Aborigines and resources from humbug to negotiation
100
The McArthur River development a case in point
111
The Yirrkala proposals for the control of law and order
118
Aboriginal political leadership and the role of the National Aboriginal Conference
131

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Diane Smith is the producer, director, and host of "Positively Connecticut" on Connecticut Public Television and co-host of the WTIC-AM (1080) Morning Show with Ray Dunaway and Diane Smith. Diane was a reporter and news anchor for WTNH-TV in New Haven, Connecticut, for 15 years, and in that time distinguished herself as one of the area's most popular newscasters. Her "Positively Connecticut" segments (on which this book is based) garner consistently high ratings from viewers and elicit thousands of responses yearly to the author.

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