Aboriginal Political Movement in Australia

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Question: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples have since colonization been politically active. Discuss drawing from readings and research about various forms of political engagement. Since the beginning of European colonization in 1788, Aboriginal people have experienced displacement, have been the targets of genocidal policies and practices, and have had families destroyed through the forcible removal of children. Decades of colonial exploitation and a prolonged systematic attempt to destroy Aboriginal people and culture have led to legislations and policies that are punitive and restrictive towards Aboriginal people. Such legislation reflects the dominant society’s perceptions of Aboriginal people and how they ought to be…show more content…
The idea of the protest was originally simply to stage a small demonstration in hopes that the media would take photos before the men got arrested. This would make the point that Aboriginal people were rejecting the McMahon Australia Day statement, and would hopefully keep media interest high until a major demonstration was organized. However, the group accidently discovered that there was no actual prohibition on camping on the Parliamentary lawn. This enabled the activists to establish a permanent office/camp/protest (Foley & Anderson, 2006, 90). Thus, in the six months it stood, the Aboriginal Embassy protest put the Australian Aboriginal struggle for justice onto the international political stage. The Aboriginal Embassy protest of 1972 saw the beginning of more than a decade of high profile Aboriginal protest actions that placed questions of land rights, sovereignty, and self-determination firmly on the national political agenda. It resulted in an Aboriginal-elected policy advisory committee and land rights in the Northern Territory and sufficient supporting funds (Goodall, 2008, 382). The protest rapidly became a great success, enjoying broad community support to an extent rarely seen in indigenous affairs. This was in part due to the larrikin appeal of a protest that snubbed the authorities and was simultaneously peaceful and highly creative. It also created a greater international awareness of the local Indigenous
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