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Brass Discs, Dog Tags and Finger Scanners: The Apology and Aboriginal Protection in the Northern Territory 1863-1972

Gray, Stephen J. (2011). Brass Discs, Dog Tags and Finger Scanners: The Apology and Aboriginal Protection in the Northern Territory 1863-1972. Darwin, N.T.: Charles Darwin University Press (CDU Press).

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Author Gray, Stephen J.
Title Brass Discs, Dog Tags and Finger Scanners: The Apology and Aboriginal Protection in the Northern Territory 1863-1972
Place of Publication Darwin, N.T.
Publisher Charles Darwin University Press (CDU Press)
Publication Year 2011
ISBN 9780980864137   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Total Pages 230
Language English
Field of Research 2103 - Historical Studies
2002 - Cultural Studies
Abstract Is the history of Aboriginal ‘protection’ essentially something to be celebrated, albeit with some well-intentioned mistakes? Or is white treatment of Aboriginal people, as Justice Brennan commented in the Mabo case, a ‘legacy of unutterable shame’? Was self-determination an excuse for avoiding responsibility, as some have claimed? And in pursuing the Northern Territory Emergency Response, are we just repeating the mistakes of the past – using brass discs and dog tags to ‘protect’ Aboriginal people from themselves? The purpose of this book is to assess these questions by looking at Northern Territory policy towards Aboriginal people from 1863 to the beginning of ‘self-determination’ in 1972. It looks closely at men like Baldwin Spencer, Cecil Cook and Harry Giese, assessing them in light of recent public debates about frontier violence, sexual abuse of Aboriginal women and children, and the Stolen Generations.
Keyword History
Northern Australia
Indigenous
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