The Postcolonial Period Of 1960s : An Era Of Socio Economic And Political Change Informed By Neoliberal Policies

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Barry Morris within this book explores the postcolonial period of 1970s – 1990s as Indigenous Australians struggle for equality, recognition and autonomy as citizens of Australia. Morris illustrates this period as an era of socio-economic and political change informed by neoliberal policies. Morris defines neoliberalism as an ideology that is “conspicuous for its belligerent free market approach to economic development and demands for trade liberalisation, privatisation of state industries, and deregulation of markets and wages” (p.3). Morris states that this ideology gave rise to an environment filled with racial tensions as colonial issues such as dispossession and assimilation were substituted with ‘progressive’ discourses. Morris aims to deconstruct this period of struggle for Aborigines through social analysis. He focuses on the 1987 Brewarrina Riot as a case study to investigate paternalistic and racist attitudes in white Australians and the policies and practices that empowered this discriminatory view.
The 1987 Brewarrina Riot works as a foundation for Morris’ analysis of the conflicting relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the postcolonial state. Morris outlines that the Brewarrina Riot led to the arrest of 17 Aborigines due to the conflict between a group of Aborigines mourning for the death of Lloyd Boney in a public park, white patrons of an adjacent hotel and the police. Morris recounts that Boney was “found hanged by a football sock in a…

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