George Morgan

Australian Elections: The Forgotten People

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Regardless of who wins the election in Australia [the result was due just after Socialist Review went to press] one group that is certain to continue to suffer is Australia's aboriginals.

Before 1967 when a majority of Australians voted to amend the constitution, indigenous Australians were not even counted in the five-yearly population census and most did not have the right to vote. The early 1970s saw the rise of the Black Power movement, led by radical urban-based activists who challenged the paternalism and assimilationist policies of the past. When the Whitlam government introduced the policy of self-determination, hopes were high that this beleaguered minority, for so long excluded from basic citizenship rights, would achieve social justice.

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