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Never Trust a Government Man: Northern Territory Aboriginal Policy 1911-1939

Austin, Anthony R. (1997). Never Trust a Government Man: Northern Territory Aboriginal Policy 1911-1939. Darwin: NTU Press.

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Author Austin, Anthony R.
Title Never Trust a Government Man: Northern Territory Aboriginal Policy 1911-1939
Place of Publication Darwin
Publisher NTU Press
Publication Year 1997
ISBN 1876248025   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
HERDC Category A1 - Book (DEST)
Abstract This book is a history of the administration of Aboriginal affairs by the Commonwealth Government in the Northern Territory in the period to the Second World War. It provides a detailed account of the development of government policy in the areas of justice, employment, missionary activities and welfare. Government activities are set in the context of white racism in the North and in the nation's capital. The book shows that Aboriginal people had good reason not to trust government men. They were deprived, in the name of protection, of the civil liberties and welfare assistance that non-Aboriginal Australians could take for granted. They knew better than to expect fair treatment by most police officers, or in the courts, or in the workplace. They successfully opposed constant attempts to deprive them of their Aboriginal identity. Yet during the period covered by this book, there was a very gradual improvement in their treatment. A small number of northern officials and southern politicians quietly, often timorously, rarely vigorously, urged a modicum of fairness, while vociferous southern humanitarian groups exerted pressure on the Commonwealth Government out of all proportion to their small membership. This book will be of interest to the general reader and to students of Australian history as well as those concerned with matters of social justice for Aboriginal people.
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