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Aboriginals

Some of the other policies and practices that have been deeply entrenched within the fabric of Australian society since invasion, and of which have been constantly employed to reinstate socio-economic domination by ‘mainstream’ society include, the ideals of terra nullius, dispossession, the protection era, segregation era, assimilation era and mainstream education. When firslty looking at the practice of dispossession one can see a clear parallel linking it to the socio economic domination of Indigenous people. For dispossession has had a devastating impact upon Indigenous communities due to the fact that their natural and cultural resources were largely denied and replaced by government handouts and increasing dependence upon non-Indigenous society which was largely supplanted by non-Indigenous legal and administrative controls (Davidson B et al, 1994). As well as the use of dispossession, instituted within Australian society was the policy and practice of Terra Nullius which meant that Australia was either unoccupied or settled peacefully. This myth was not overturned untill 1992.The way in which the policy of Terra Nullius existed, and created a socio-economic domination of European society over Indigenous culture, was through practices that viewed Indigenous people as being backward savages. This was further exenterated by the ideals of Social Darwinism. At the core of such ideals was the belief in the racial superiority of Europeans. As Australian capitalism took root in the 19th century, here forming the beginnings of Australian nationalism. A new nation was being built on land that was either unoccupied or rightfully claimed by whites (Strelein L, 2001). For as quoted by Mike Grainger, 2004; “Australia was to be a modern European outpost simultaneously denying its Indigenous population, excluding non-Europeans and asserting its authority over Indigenous people.” The protection era, segregation and assimila...

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