Aboriginal Autonomy: Issues and Strategies
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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The making of Aboriginal identity
The future of the homeland movement
Warlpiri land use and management
The implications of land rights
Economic social and spiritual factors in Aboriginal health
Aboriginal education and the issues underlying Aboriginal deaths in custody
Aboriginal work and economy
The ideology of development in the East Kimberley
Aborigines and the Treaty of Waitangi
Aboriginal initiatives on the land
Initiatives in Aboriginal political organisation
Education taking control
The Mabo decision a basis for Aboriginal autonomy?
Negotiating future autonomy
The Eva Valley Statement
Aborigines and resources from humbug to negotiation
The McArthur River development a case in point
The Yirrkala proposals for the control of law and order
Aboriginal political leadership and the role of the National Aboriginal Conference
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