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2.16 Larissa Behrendt, Achieving Social Justice: Indigenous Rights and Australia's Future (2003)

This is a very clear exploration of the debates over Indigenous rights in Australia, including a quite clear discussion of sovereignty.

I was left, as I always am, baffled by the common Australian perspective that Aboriginal people are constantly being given extra things, for nothing. Because, seriously, that in no way tallies with the fact that Aboriginal people are generally poorer, sicker, live in worse housing, etc, etc. How do these two, diametrically opposed ideas co-exist in their heads?

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