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9780521446372

Aboriginal Autonomy

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521446372

  • ISBN10:

    0521446376

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1998-02-01
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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Summary

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.

Author Biography

After a long and distinguished career of public service, Dr H.C. Coombs is a Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies and the North Australian Research Unit at the Australian National University. A former Governor of the Reserve Bank and a Chancellor of the Australian National University, he has also been Chairman of the Australian Council for Aboriginal Affairs, the Australia Council and the Elizabethan Theatre Trust.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix(2)
Michael Dodson
Preface xi(4)
Acknowledgments xv
The Aboriginal World View
2(22)
1 The making of Aboriginal identity
2(22)
Aborigines and the Land
24(30)
2 The future of the homeland movement
24(8)
3 Warlpiri land use and management
32(7)
4 The implications of land rights
39(15)
Aboriginal Lifestyles
54(32)
5 Economic, social and spiritual factors in Aboriginal health
54(12)
6 Aboriginal education and the issues underlying Aboriginal deaths in custody
66(10)
7 Aboriginal work and economy
76(10)
Aborigines, Resources and Development
86(32)
8 The ideology of development in the East Kimberley
86(14)
9 Aborigines and resources: from 'humbug' to negotiation
100(11)
10 The McArthur River development: a case in point
111(7)
Aborigines, Law and the State
118(38)
11 The Yirrkala proposals for the control of law and order
118(13)
12 Aboriginal political leadership and the role of the National Aboriginal Conference
131(12)
13 Aborigines and the Treaty of Waitangi
143(13)
Asserting Autonomy: Recent Aboriginal Initiatives
156(44)
14 Aboriginal initiatives on the land
156(15)
15 Initiatives in Aboriginal political organisation
171(16)
16 Education: taking control
187(13)
The Recognition of Native Title
200(20)
17 The Mabo decision: a basis for Aboriginal autonomy?
200(20)
Conclusion
220(11)
18 Negotiating future autonomy
220(11)
Appendix: The Eva Valley Statement 231(4)
References 235(6)
Select Bibliography of work by H.C. Coombs 241(6)
Index 247

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