Importance Of Australian Law

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The following research essay will critically discuss and examine what the value of the australian law if it is based on a violent foundation? The essay will delve into the history of colonisation in order to justify the current predicament the country is in and the displacement the indigenous people of australia still feel today while acknowledging the praiseworthy efforts to make change. Despite the poor history of the australian law it is ever revolutionising and we should not disregard its value in its current state. We must turn the page on our country 's past and move on making positive changes to the law that underpins the needs of everyone. While there are laws in place that protect human rights and anti discrimination at current …show more content…
Before the british had settled in Australia, more than 500 indigenous nations inhibited australian land from over 60,000 years of cultural development. When the first fleet, directed by Arthur phillip, arrived in sydney harbour in january of 1788 they observed their surroundings and its inhabitants and declared it a suitable place to start developing a colony of their own. It is estimated that at the time of the first fleets arrival that there was up to 1,000,000 indigenous inhabitants of the land. The british government knew ahead of time that the land in which they were inhabiting and claiming was already inhabited by indigenous people and the king of england had given Arthur Phillip specific orders to be friendly towards the natives and educate himself and the settlers on their customs; although these orders were quickly overridden. Initially the relations between the natives and the settlers were peaceful, some natives even being employed by the british, the groups were trading water, food, axes, cloth and artifacts. Until the indigenous people realised the land and resources that they required to live were being depleted and that 's when their relations turned hostile. An example of this is between 1790 and 1810 when groups of members from the Eora group led …show more content…
Between 1788 and 1900 the population of indigenous people had been almost completely eradicated with just 10% left of their population. There were multiple reasons for such a dramatic decrease in numbers the first being the introduction of new diseases such as smallpox, measles and influenza. If disease did not rid aboriginals the greed of the settlers ruined the reproductive abilities, proving fatal for the locals. Massacres of indigenous people were usually performed in the form of mass shootings or forcing large groups off the edge of cliffs. Moving on by the 1820’s the colonisers had completely taken over indigenous land, creating laws and orders for both groups to follow, the british taking over the lives of indigenous people. Indigenous people were unable to testify before the law to defend their own. “In less than 20 years we have nearly swept them off the face off the earth, we have shot them down like dogs”. They were made outcasts on their own land, for what had been theirs for the past 60,000 years was snatched from beneath them and they lost total control of what was truly theirs. Between 1909 and 1969 the government took away aboriginal children from their families putting them into institutions and care by white people in attempts to ‘civilise’ them. Almost

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