The Long Term Impact Of European Colonisation On Indigenous Australians And Car 's Success

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During the European colonisation of Australia, oppressive laws functioned to subjugate and control the indigenous population. The Aborigines Protection Act, 1909 (Cth) was particularly devastating, stripping Indigenous people of basic human rights and freedoms, and robbing generations of their connection to their families and culture. The Act was abolished in 1969, however, the trauma continues to impact the wellbeing of Indigenous people today. In an effort to reconcile past injustices and improve the lives of Indigenous people, the Federal Parliament established the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation Act 1991 (CAR) (Cth) to manage the reconciliation process in Australia. This essay will examine the long-term impact of European colonisation on Indigenous Australians and CAR’s success in promoting reconciliation in Australia.

Settler colonialism is a process of migration involving the invasion and control of a particular territory resulting in the elimination and oppression of the Indigenous population under the notion of racial superiority (Moses 2011; Howard-Wagner & Kelly 2011, p. 106). As the self-declared legitimate occupants of Australia, the use of policy and practice proved important tools for the British to maintain and expand colonisation (Gulson, Parkes 2010, p. 300). In particular, the policies during the period of colonisation were used to manage the Aboriginal population and formed the basis for establishing the Board for the Protection of Aborigines 1983…

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