Essay on The Long Term Impact Of European Colonisation Of Australia

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"Given the history of the European colonisation of Australia, many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are wary of white institutions and social welfare’ (Chenoweth & McAuliffe 2015, p.268). Identify and discuss one or two policies or pieces of legislation that have impacted on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and how the effects can be seen today.

During the European colonisation of Australia, oppressive laws functioned to subjugate and control the indigenous population. The Aborigines Protection Act, 1909 (APA) (Cth) and the child removal policy were particularly devastating, stripping Indigenous people of basic human rights and freedoms, and robbing generations of their connection to their families and culture. Although the Act was abolished in 1969, 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 (CAR) 1991 (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 that involves 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;…

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