Citizenship and Indigenous Australians: Changing Conceptions by Nicolas Peterson, Will Sanders

By Nicolas Peterson, Will Sanders

For many of Australia's colonial historical past its indigenous humans were denied complete club in Australian society. This booklet examines the heritage in their citizenship prestige and asks if it is attainable for indigenous Australians to be participants of a standard society on equivalent phrases with others. best commentators from various disciplines research historic conceptions of indigenous civil rights, think of matters bobbing up from contemporary struggles for equality and look at chances for multicultural citizenship that realize distinction.

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They also demonstrated how the language of citizens and citizenship could be used to advantage in calls for further reform. Yet, as David Trigger shows in Chapter 8 of this book, the language of citizenship can also be used by other political actors in ways that attempt to marginalise or discredit indigenous interests. Trigger is interested in large-scale mining developments and how protagonists for these developments, such as State premiers and mining industry representatives, often appeal to notions of the national interest and shared citizenship commitments in their pro-development stances.

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If the opposite is accepted, then Aboriginal tribes did exercise 'a form of sovereignty which could have been recognised by the international law 26 INTRODUCTION of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries'. Mabo undid the conventional story in relation to land, but left it intact in relation to sovereignty. This is a logical nonsense, Reynolds argues. If 'native title was extinguished in a piecemeal fashion over a long period of time, the same clearly happened with sovereignty'. As 'British authority expanded gradually, Aboriginal sovereignty was slowly eroded'.

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