Good morning listeners, I am Diviyana Angallo and welcome to this week’s program of Poetica. Toda we will be continuing our series on voices from the Margins-Hearts that need to be heard.
Last week we looked into the marginalisation of aborigines through powerful poetry from writers of aboriginal decent.
This week we will be exploring two poems. The first poem will be The Unhappy race by Oodgeroo Noonuccal and the second will be “Solitary Confinement” by Robert Walker
But before we get started, let me explain to our new listeners the concept of marginalisation. What is and who is affected by marginalization.
The term marginalization is the process whereby something or someone is pushed to the edge of a group and counted not as important. Marginalization ignores and does not consider or protect the needs of certain people who do not have the same advantage as others. By ignoring those people they are not able to have the same rights and opportunities as others to participate and succeed in society.
In Australia you could say we have marginalised groups such as Indigenous people, the deaf and blind and the mentally ill. People who have migrated to Australia may also be seen as marginalized due to their needs.
The immigration history of Australia began with the initial human migration to the continent around 50,000 years ago when the ancestors of Australian Aborigines arrived on the continent from the islands of Maritime Southeast Asia and New Guinea. From the early 17th century onwards, the continent experienced the first coastal landings and exploration by European explorers. Permanent European settlement began in 1788 with the establishment of the British Crown colony of New South Wales. From the first contact with the migrants from Britain there was tension. Cultural differences led to exclusion and rejection. Then in 1901 the white Australia policy was introduced to prevent people of African, Asian or even Pacifica descent from coming to...
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