Foreword by Bess Nungarrayi Price, chairperson of the
Northern Territory’s Indigenous Affairs Advisory Council and a member of
the Commonwealth Government’s Advisory Group on Violence against Women.
Paperback, 324 pages
“The old Law was not about human rights. It was about unconditional
loyalty and obedience … We still respect and honour our ancestors and
want to keep our culture. But my people are confused. If they go the
blackfella way they break whitefella law, if they go whitefella way they
break blackfella law. Our young men are caught in the middle, that’s
why they fill up the jails ... We now need to change the letter of our
Law to keep its spirit alive. We need to do this ourselves but with the
support of governments and our fellow citizens … I don’t agree with
everything that Gary Johns says in this book but he is honest and
believes in what he says. I am happy to write this foreword and to
encourage and praise him for the contribution he is making to the debate
we need to have.”
From the foreword by Bess Nungarrayi Price, chairperson of the Northern
Territory’s Indigenous Affairs Advisory Council and a member of the
Commonwealth Government’s Advisory Group on Violence against Women.
rights, welfare and culture have locked aborigines out of the good
life. Land has become a burden, welfare has become disabling, bad
behaviour is mistaken for culture. There is a way out. Aborigines must abide by the
same rules as every other Australian -- seek out opportunities, study
hard, and free themselves from a culture of bad behaviour.
is in contrast to the white man’s dream of Aboriginal self-determination. This
grand experiment has failed.
Aborigines, especially those in
remote Australia, need an exit strategy from the dream. The exit
strategy outlined in this book destroys the rallying cry for culture.
Instead, it shows that the way to self-determination is through
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Gary Johns is an Associate Professor of Public Policy, Public Policy
Institute, Australian Catholic University. Gary served in the House of
Representatives from 1987-1996 and was Special Minister of State and
Assistant Minister for Industrial Relations from 1993-1996. He served as
an Associate Commissioner of the Commonwealth Productivity Commission
2002-2004. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Political Science)
University of Queensland, Master of Arts (Geography) Monash University,
and a Bachelor of Economics Monash University. He is President of The
Bennelong Society – a Society devoted to a rational explanation of
indigenous policy, in particular those challenges in integrating
indigenous people into the mainstream economy.
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 30 December, 2010.