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Revisiting Assimilation: A Controversial Epoch in Policy

Reframing Assimilation The period spanning from the 1930s to the 1970s in Australia was deeply marked by the policy of ‘assimilation.’ While anti-assimilations, led by activists like Ferguson, Patten, Gibbs, and Cooper, were combating the government’s restrictive assimilation policies that aimed to curtail First Peoples rights and cultural practices (Maynard 2007).   Assimilation in Policy

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The Evolution of Aboriginal English: Language, Learning, and Cultural Identity

The experiences of an Aboriginal person or group can greatly diverge based on whether their family was confined on a mission or reserve. Across generations, government agencies, often supported by missionaries, actively suppressed the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Cultural markers like language were prohibited, with reports of severe consequences—beatings or food

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January 26

For most Australians, January 26 marks a public holiday, often celebrated with barbecues and outdoor activities. Yet, the significance of this day stays largely misunderstood. Few realize that it commemorates the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove, signifying the beginning of British colonisation in Australia. Among the minority who understand the true meaning

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Challenging Notions of Skin Colour and Disadvantage

In her maiden speech to Parliament, Ms. Hanson from Oxley stated that the colour of one’s skin doesn’t determine disadvantage. But as someone intimately familiar with the impact of skin colour on opportunities, I respectfully disagree. My experiences have shaped my understanding that skin colour can indeed dictate the odds one faces. Allow me to

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