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Breaking the silence : aboriginal defenders and the settler state, 1905 - 1939 / Alison Holland.

Breaking the silence : aboriginal defenders and the settler state, 1905 - 1939 / Alison Holland.
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ISBN 9780522875409 (paperback)
9780522875393 (hardback)
9780522875416 (ebook)
Author Holland, Alison (Alison Louise) (author.)
Title Breaking the silence : aboriginal defenders and the settler state, 1905 - 1939 / Alison Holland.
Publisher &/or associated date/s Carlton, Victoria : Melbourne University Publishing, 2019.
Description xiv, 362 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 22 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [329]-343) and index.
Summary Breaking the Silence recovers the conflicted politics of Aboriginal affairs in the first decades of the twentieth century. From 1905, when the report of the controversial Roth Royal Commission in Western Australia was made known to the public, to the eve of World War II, the condition, status and treatment of Aboriginal Australians were leading social questions that generated much discontent and underscored the awakening of a national conscience. Styled the 'new public', defenders lobbied governments to develop policies to ensure viable Aboriginal futures. In charting aspects of this politics, Alison Holland uncovers the defenders' programs for reform and the responses of governments to them. She shows how the consternation of the defenders was disproportionate to political will. Governments didn't listen or hear. They viewed the issues and solutions in different ways. Where defenders saw a humanitarian crisis, governments identified a colour problem in White Australia and developed policies to eradicate it. Breaking the Silence shows that there was no 'great Australian silence' on this question in the first half of the twentieth century. While the history books may have been silent, the politics on the ground, in the press, the auditorium, parliament, university, church and mission were anything but. Holland asks why this was so. What form did this politics take, what was at stake and what were the outcomes? In answering these questions the book provides important historical context for the consternation and debates still being had in the Australian polity over Aboriginal affairs.
Subjects Political rights -- Australia
Aboriginal Australians -- Politics and government -- 20th century
Aboriginal Australians -- Legal status, laws, etc -- Australia
Aboriginal Australians -- Government policy -- History
Aboriginal Australians -- Government relations -- History
Aboriginal Australians -- History -- 20th century
Australia -- Race relations -- History
Australia -- Politics and government -- 1901-1922
Australia -- Politics and government -- 1922-1945
Australia -- Race relations -- Political aspects
Australia -- Politics and government -- 1901-1945
Call number 2019.509
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