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Obliged to be Difficult : Nugget Coombs' Legacy in Indigenous Affairs - Tim Rowse

Obliged to be Difficult

Nugget Coombs' Legacy in Indigenous Affairs

By: Tim Rowse

Hardcover Published: 27th April 2000
ISBN: 9780521773539
Number Of Pages: 264

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Since the 1967 constitutional referendum, Australian governments have moved towards policies of indigenous self-determination. Obliged to be Difficult presents the central issue of self-determination as seen by Dr H. C. Coombs, the most important policy maker since the referendum: through what political mechanisms will indigenous Australians find their own voice? Coombs was singularly influential within government in the years 1967 to 1976, and he remained a tireless critic and policy advocate from 1977 to 1996. Rowse's narrative of his work, drawing on many unpublished sources, illuminates the interplay of government policy with indigenous practice. This book is both an account of government policies and a biographical slice of an outstanding Australian. In attempting a critical celebration of Coombs' vision and methods, it invites informed reflection on the issues of land rights, sovereignty and reconciliation in these conservative, and highly anxious, times.

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'Rowse has produced the first comprehensive political history of the federal administration of indigenous affairs in late twentieth-century Australia ... for those interested in his innovative approach to governance, Obliged to be Difficult is an essential work.' Times Literary Supplement '... for those who want to understand how negotiations evolved between indigenous groups and successive Australian governments, or who want to draw useful comparisons with other such interactions, this volume offers real insights into the complexities of the process. It also paints a fine biographic portrait of an extraordinary man.' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

The modest mandate of 1967
'Land ownership for Aborigines presents difficult problems'
Mediating the Yolngu
Voice and feet
North and South
A national Indigenous leadership?
Clans and councils
As nasty a piece of chicanery as I can remember
Effectively Aboriginal
An Indigenous public sphere
From James Cook to Eva Valley
The 1940s in the 1990s
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ISBN: 9780521773539
ISBN-10: 0521773539
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 27th April 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 15.75  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.5

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