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The Elephant in the Drawing Room: Slavery and the Stolen Wages Debate

Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2007/16

Australian Indigenous Law Review, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2007

25 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2009 Last revised: 15 Apr 2009

Stephen Gray

Monash University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: February 25, 2009

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Gray, Stephen, The Elephant in the Drawing Room: Slavery and the Stolen Wages Debate (February 25, 2009). Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2007/16; Australian Indigenous Law Review, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1349408

Stephen Gray (Contact Author)

Monash University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3800
Australia

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