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Commonwealth Government Records about the Northern Territory


Initial Commonwealth policies involving the administration of Aboriginal people were based on the notion that Aboriginal Australians were a doomed race. Consequently, early policies revolved around protection, and the separation of half-caste children. As the years passed the policies underwent several key changes. It was not until the 1960s, and in response to widespread support from outside of the Northern Territory, that Aboriginal people were given the same rights as everyone else when it came to voting, having title to land, and to being included in the census.


Chapter 8
Aboriginal People of the Northern Territory