History of Indigenous work sheds light on Australian slavery

History of Indigenous work sheds light on Australian slavery
Emeritus Professor Kay Saunders AO, the Hon. Leeanne Enoch, Dr Jackie Huggins, Dr Denver Beanland, AM, Professor Ann McGrath, AM at the Royal Historical Society of Queensland
Monday 17 May 2021

The exploitation of Indigenous Australian workers offers powerful insights into Australia's history of slavery, as well as the Black Lives Matter movement and deaths in custody, leading experts from The Australian National University (ANU) say.

The researchers have re-released their seminal book Aboriginal Workers, 25 years after it was first published in light of the global movement and the 30th anniversary of the Royal Commission into Black Deaths in Custody.

Co-author Professor Ann McGrath from ANU said the Black Lives Matter movement had raised many similar issues still faced by Indigenous Australians today.

"For Indigenous Australians, the BLM movement resonates powerfully. They share a history of labour exploitation and oppression, as well as racism based on their skin colour," Professor McGrath said.

"That's why we have decided to re-release Aboriginal Workers.

Full article in the main news section of the ANU website.


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