Disadvantaged Groups in Australia Essay examples

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3. Critically analyse the following quote from Sarah Wise (2011) “As Australians we promulgate the value of a fair go. Yet there are individuals and groups in our society that experience extreme and persistent disadvantage that sets them apart from the rest of our society”. (Reference: Wise, S. (2011) “Advance Australia Fairly” Sydney Morning Herald. January 14, 2011)

One of the most predominant values in Australian society is that of ‘mateship’ (Henslin, J., A. Possamai and A. Possamai-Inesedy 2010, pg 49). Such a value promotes equality of life amongst Australians, and eliminates discrimination. Whilst this is such an accentuated initiative, disadvantage and inequality still exists in the context of Indigenous Australians. To fully
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14 – 16). Applying this theory to the Indigenous context it can be said that many social, economic and health problems that exist are strongly linked to the history of treatment of Aboriginals, in that they were excluded and rejected in colonial society, with policies such as assimilation, segregation and dispossession that sought to either exclude them or mould them to the European Australian population (Henslin, J., A. Possamai and A. Possamai-Inesedy 2010, pg. 284 - 286)

The high unemployment rate of indigenous peoples is an ongoing result of how they were treated when Australia was first colonised. Because of this, the Australian Federal Government developed a ‘Decade of Reconciliation’ from 1991 – 2001. The aim of this was to undo the injustices that came about through colonisation, and restore rights to Indigenous Australians (Henslin, J., A. Possamai and A. Possamai-Inesedy 2010, pg. 290). Further action was taken in February 2008 when the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd formally apologised to the indigenous community, acknowledging the past mistakes of the government, the ongoing problems that had resulted, and the rights of the aboriginals (Henslin, J., A. Possamai and A. Possamai-Inesedy 2010, pg. 290). Unemployment also limits ones access to basic human resources and necessities and therefore creates a greater dependency on the government and an increase in economical stress on social programs (House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment,

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