Compulsory Racial Segregation, Rugby League and Aboriginal Identity

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Australia's period of compulsory racial segregation for Aboriginal people is a lesser known era in Australian history that profoundly shaped Aboriginal experience and identity. It involved complex statutory regimes of "care and protection" restricting Aboriginal freedoms. The introduction of rugby league into NSW and QLD provided an avenue for Aboriginal people to leave the confined boundaries of the reserve system, culminating in the annual NSW Aboriginal Knock Out: the largest gathering of Aboriginal people in Australia. As a PhD researcher you will explore the legislative conditions surrounding this earlier period that ultimately influenced the development of Aboriginal culture and identity.

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Supervisory team
Reuben
Bolt

Law
Law
Paul
Kildea

Law
Law
Megan
Davis

Law
Indigenous Law Centre
r.bolt@unsw.edu.au

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