Avoiding 'Aborigines': Paul Hasluck and the Northern Territory Welfare Ordinance, 1953

McGregor, Russell (2005) Avoiding 'Aborigines': Paul Hasluck and the Northern Territory Welfare Ordinance, 1953. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 51 (4). pp. 513-529.

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Between 1951 and 1953, Commonwealth Minister for Territories, Paul Hasluck, oversaw the drafting of an item of Northern Territory legislation that became the Welfare Ordinance, 1953. While in many ways consistent with earlier Aboriginal legislation, in one significant respect it represented a radical innovation since it never once referred to "Aborigines" or any other racial category. This article takes the Welfare Ordinance as the starting point for an exploration of Hasluck's model of Aboriginal assimilation.

Item ID: 412
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1467-8497
Keywords: Aboriginal Australians - History Aboriginal Australians - Government policy Assimilation - Australia
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Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2006
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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