Change's in the 20th century Australian government policy, and how these changes have affected the rights and freedoms of Aboriginal people. Aboriginal people had been exploited, treated unfairly and oppressed by people in their own nation, this took place during world war 2 and continued for many more year's. Aborigines struggled to gain there right's and to be treated as an equal, just like white Australian's. White Australian's believed they had greater natural abilities and higher standard of civilisation. There has been policies of Protection, Assimilation, Integration and Self-determination.
As Aboriginal's were not seen as an equal to white Australian's, a decision was made which was to assimilate all Aboriginal people into the White society, so they could be brought up as a white Australian. Assimilation began in 1883 and lasted till 1937. Aboriginal's were also encouraged to leave their Aboriginal culture behind and to live like White Australian's . Aboriginal's were not permitted to vote and were mistreated. They were frowned upon by the White Australian's.
At this time Aboriginal's took on job's as farmhand's, stockmen and were used as slave's. Education for Aboriginal's was very minimal and higher form's of education were not required . Aboriginal's were moved off reserves and into towns, their children were forced into white families, as white Australians wanted to draw them into a wider society , although not necessarily treated equally and fairly.
Aboriginal's were evicted from their land, they were all forced to live together on small pocket's of land on the edge of town's. These place's were called reserves and missions. The condition of their home's was extremely bad, they had a very low of living. They were 'called shanty' house's. They had no electricity, plumbing or any other amenities, which is very unjust and unfair . Aboriginal people at the time did not have any access to amenities, such as hotels,