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. Perhaps a slightly left of field winner many expected mckenna to take out the prize with his biography of manning clark the judges have proclaimed indifferent inclusion is critical to an understanding of twentieth century aboriginal history and to an explanation of the changing notions of australian citizenship. His publications in this field include the books indifferent inclusion aboriginal people and the australian nation winner of the 2012 nsw premiers prize for australian history shortlisted for the 2012 prime ministers prize for australian history and imagined destinies aboriginal australians and the doomed race theory winner of the . For the next three decades the quest for national inclusion headed the aboriginal agenda 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
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