Aboriginal Affairs Case Study

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The campaign to centralise the decision making around Aboriginal affairs started in the late 1950s and the early 1960s. The Federal Council for Aboriginal Advancement, formed in 1958, submitted a petition to parliament calling for commonwealth control on matters affecting the indigenous communities. It called for an ‘Indigenous Affairs’ clause to be included in section 51 of the constitution, which outlines the powers assigned to the federal government. It also called for the repeal of section 127 which prohibited the ‘Aboriginal race’ from being encompassed in the national census. It pointed out that there was next to no uniformity in state laws governing the indigenous population. For example whilst Aboriginals were granted property rights
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