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Bennett, Scott: Aborigines and Political Power, Allen & Unwin, Sydney 1989, ISBN 0043500730

Table of Contents        ¦         Cover Text        ¦         Book Review

Table of Contents

Preface -vii-

The Aboriginal interest -1-

Parties and their policies -22-

Opposition and misunderstanding -46-

Federalism -64-

Bureaucracy and service delivery -85-

Elections and representation -111-

Aborigines and the media -133-

After 200 years -150-

Index -159-

Cover Text

“Aborigines and Political Power” is a study of efforts by the Aboriginal interest to exercise political influence, to claim a recognised position in the political marketplace. After tracing the changes in white attitudes which led to the 1967 amendment to the Constitution, the book examines those parts of the political system which have helped and hindered the Aboriginal people since then: the federal system, the major parties, the bureaucracies, the legal system, the wide variety of pressure groups, and the media. The first survey of the troubled relationship between a political system devised to serve the needs of those who occupied this land, and the original inhabitants they dispossessed, will be of compelling interest to any citizen whishing to be informed about one of the most important issues confronting our country.