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Workers Growing in
|Growing in understanding: Key-ideas|
Self-determination - Self-determination
Self-determination is the right of all peoples to 'freely determine their political
status and freely
Source: Face the facts
The federal Labor Government led by Gough Whitlam adopted the policy of 'self-determination'
While there is no commonly agreed definition of self-determination in Australia, and its meaning is contested, there does appear to be general agreement that central to self-determination is the right of indigenous Australians to make decisions on issues relating to them, and to manage their own affairs. There is no such agreement as to how this should be achieved nor has a framework within which this can occur been established. p259
The Government has defined self -determination as "Aboriginal communities deciding the pace and nature of their future development as significant components within a diverse Australia" (a'Donoghue, 1992:7). This in effect limits the exercise of self-determination to what is compatible with the interests of the Australian State. Successive Australian governments have rejected the view that self-determination includes the right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to decide their political status and the exploration of political options such as self-government and sovereignty . Self-determination has been defined much more narrowly in Australia than it has been in international forums where, as part of the decolonisation process, it has been premised on the right of a people to decide their own political status and future. p259-260
Source: Self-determination and the Struggle for Equality by David Roberts
Self-determination and the Struggle for Equality by David Roberts in Aboriginal Australia, An Introductory Reader in Aboriginal Studies, Second Edition (Edited by Colin Bourke, Eleanor Bourke and Bill Edwards). University of Queensland Press. 1998, 2004.