He reveals that the inclusion of aboriginal people in the australian nation was not a function of political lobbying and parliamentary decision making rather it depended at least as much on aboriginal peoples public profile and the way their demonstrated abilities partially wore down the apathy and indifference of settler australians. Indifferent inclusion aboriginal people and the australian nation by russell mcgregor aboriginal studies press canberra 2011 229 pp 3995 paperback isbn 9780855757793 shortlisted for the prime ministers literary award prize for australian history and winner of the new south wales premiers australian history prize indifferent inclusion is a work of rare quality. I have been reading about the complex situation of the aboriginal peoples in australia this book presents a particularly nuancd understanding based on a historical analysis of relations between settlers and aboriginals from 1930 to 1980 or thereabouts. As understood at the time inclusion in the nation entailed more than legal equality important though that attainment was it required aboriginal people to be treated with respect and dignity to be welcomed as full participants in the life of the community this book recounts that multifaceted quest for national inclusion up to the early 1970s. Indifferent inclusion aboriginal people and the australian nation the findings paint a complex picture of attitudes towards cultural diversity nation and migration in australia the
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