Changing Rights and Freedom Essay

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Changing Rights and Freedoms of Aboriginal People

The rights and freedoms of Aboriginal people have changed significantly during the 20th century after facing many years of neglect and inequalities. In that time, change in indigenous rights and freedoms was brought about as a result of government policies, political activism and legal changes.

Government Policies changed the rights and freedoms of the Aboriginal people. The policy of protectionism was introduced in 1869 which wanted to protect Aboriginals from the effects of violence, diseases and exploitation as a result of European settlement. The policy was based on a certainty that Aboriginal people were doomed to extinction and should be given some protection to live out their
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This policy was a positive outcome it aimed at having all Australians recognise the indigenous people as the original owners of the land, that they have suffered ongoing disadvantages as a result of having their land taken from them, resulting in indigenous people missing many of the benefits of life that other Australians have had.

Political activism helped Australians inform of the need for a reform of indigenous rights. Political activism was in action all across Australia with many people supporting it. The policy of assimilation was a consequent attempt to make Aboriginal people accept the way of life of a white Australian. This only resulted in discrimination and racism. For example indigenous people were not even allowed to swim at local council pools. Groups such as the Aboriginal Advancement League and the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines were established to fight for the injustice of the indigenous. Source A is an example of an indigenous protest that took place to highlight discrimination in rural Australia. Student Action for Aborigines, led by Aboriginal activist Charles Perkins, organised the Freedom Ride - a bus tour through New South Wales protesting discrimination against Aboriginal people in small towns of Australia, which was inspired by

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