1. Explain the historical background to this conference – how have Aboriginal people been treated since 1900?
The treatment of Indigenous Australians by the government has been an issue of controversy since the settlement of the White Europeans in the 1700’s. Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders are being continually misrecognized, mistreated and continually being forced to do things unwillingly. Since the 1900’s Aboriginal Australians have tried to make an effort to protest for equality, and establish laws and rights, with one main aim which is to earn reconciliation.
Since the settlement of the White Europeans Aboriginal Australians were automatically expected to ‘fit …show more content…
Assess the different methods that Aboriginal people used since 1900 to achieve political and land rights
From the 1960’s Aboriginals have progressively gained confidence to protest for their political and land rights. The only reason Aborigines were protesting for their rights was because they are so under recognized. Aboriginal people are continually feeling disgust and hatred when they look back on their past and even their present. The White Australians until this day have not done anything substantial to set things in order for the process of reconciliation to occur.
The Aboriginal Australians have protested many times although only a few really stand out, one of them being the one led by Charles Perkins. In 1956 Charles Perkins was one of the key members of the Freedom Rides. The freedom ride was essentially a bus tour throughout NSW by activists protesting discrimination contrary to Aboriginal people. The Australian Freedom Ride aimed to reveal disparity in education, living and health standards among the Aboriginal population. The tour addressed rural towns such as Walgett, Moree, and Kempsey. They acted to publicize acts of outright …show more content…
The indigenous community is continually gaining support from everywhere around Australia although the effectiveness of the support is debatable. One of the main reasons this issue has not been fixed is because it is not a priority in the modern age. However this is not how Indigenous Australians see it.
3. Create a draft National Action Plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (ATSI) to follow in order to achieve full political and social equality with white Australians.
For a National Action Plan to work I think there are three main steps anyone has to take to make the plan successful. Number one, Support, number two, Advocate, and number three Change. It is very important to use federalism in the case of making major changes like the rights/laws of the Australian society, as this allows the opinion to be varied and is fair amongst all states.
At the end of the day it comes down to what the PM and his parties want to do, e.g. call a Referendum, construct new laws etc. Support is always important especially raising awareness for such an underrated