Indigenous Australians and Assimilation Research Paper

Indigenous Australians and Assimilation
This paper outlines Australia's ideology behind the broad policy goals of assimilation and critically assesses its impact on the education of Indigenous Australians.
# 117004 | 2,420 words | 12 sources | APA | 2009 | AU
Published on Nov 06, 2009 in Education (General) , Political Science (General) , Sociology (Multiculturalism)

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This paper discusses the inherent racism within the policies of assimilation employed by the Australian government towards the indigenous Aborigines. The paper first describes the origins and history of the policies of assimilation. The paper then discusses the stated intent of the policy to help assimilate the Aborigines into white Australian culture. The paper also describes the official policies and laws enacted by the Australian government and their effects on the Aborigines people. This paper also documents the developments in the education system for Aborigines children.

From the Paper:

"The time of Assimilation was a period when government documents were created posing as agents for protection and welfare of Indigenous Australians. However, they effectively aimed to strip Indigenous Australians of their identity and culture by forcing them to conform to the white values, beliefs and manner of living. This would in turn eradicate their existence as they are submerged in white culture. What this policy involved, including how it was implemented and what its original purpose was will be discussed. Followed by, an exploration of the history of Aboriginal education and the setting at the time of the implementation of the policy. During the critical assessment of the policy, there will be a debate of the effects on Indigenous education. To conclude, there will be a reflection of how things have changed and detail of our current policies and views of Aboriginal education."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aldridgeshs, accessed 1 October 2009 <>
  • Arthur, AJ (1961) Policy of Assimilation, Canberra, Assessed 30 September 2009 <>
  • Decs Curriculum Services Timeline of Education Affecting Aboriginal People, accessed 1st October 2009,
  • Dodson M (1996) Assimilation Versus Self-Determination: No Contest 1996 Australian national University, Australia
  • Eckermann A-K (1999) Aboriginal education in rural Australia: a case study in frustration and hope, Australian journal of education

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APA Format

Indigenous Australians and Assimilation (2009, November 06) Retrieved April 18, 2021, from

MLA Format

"Indigenous Australians and Assimilation" 06 November 2009. Web. 18 April. 2021. <>