The Elephant in the Drawing Room: Slavery and the Stolen Wages Debate
Australian Indigenous Law Review, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2007
25 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2009 Last revised: 15 Apr 2009
Date Written: February 25, 2009
This article will argue that the conditions under which many Aboriginal people lived and worked until at least the 1950s, if not later, satisfy the legal definition of 'slavery' existing under contemporaneous Australian and international law. These conditions were commonly regarded as 'slavery' by those with direct knowledge. This included particularly Aboriginal people themselves, but also journalists, unionists, anti-slavery activists, and those responsible for overseeing and implementing government policies.
Keywords: indigenous stolen wages, stolen wages, aboriginal labour, slavery, compensation, indigenous Australians
JEL Classification: K0, K00, K19, K29, K31, K49
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