Lesson 1: Student Response

Student Response (Word document)

Situation or event

 
Right violated or denied

Effect

 
Source A – Before 1962 not all Indigenous Australians had the right to vote in federal elections.

Article 21 – You have the right to take part in the government of your country directly or by being represented.

Article 15 – You have the right to be treated as a citizen of the country you come from.

Aboriginal people didn't have the rights of an Australian. They didn't know where they fitted within the country.
Source B – Segregated schooling so that there was 'no intermingling'.

Article 26 – Everyone has the right to an education.

Article 2 – You should not be treated differently, or have your rights taken away because of your race (skin), colour  . . .

Article 27 – No one may stop you from participating in the cultural life of your community.

Article 18 – You have the right to believe in any religion – or none at all . . . and to practise and teach your religion and beliefs.

White children were unable to understand and accept the Aboriginal culture. Future generations knew no better than to act in ignorance of Aboriginal people.

Aboriginal people did not receive an equivalent education to non-Aboriginal people.

Aboriginal people were not taught about their culture and beliefs.

Source C – Under a Queensland Act Aboriginal people could not move or spend money without permission.

Article 1 – You have the same human rights as everyone else in the world because you are a human being.

Article 2 – You should not be treated differently, or have your rights taken away because of your race (skin), colour  . . .

Article 12 – No one has the right to intrude in your private life  . . .  without good reason.

Article 13 – You have the right to move about freely within your own country.

Article 17 – You have the right to own goods  . . .  No one has the right to take your property away without a good reason.

Article 28 – Human beings have the right to live in the kind of world where their rights and freedoms are respected.

Aboriginal people were treated differently. They were not treated as intelligent human beings who could look after themselves. Aboriginal people were used to having decisions made for them by the superintendent and found it difficult to make life decisions independently when they left the reserve, eg financial decisions.

Source D – Limitations of life on Aboriginal Reserves.

Parenting decisions were made by the superintendent, who was the final word and law.

Article 1 –You have the same human rights as everyone else in the world because you are a human being.

Article 2 –You should not be treated differently, or have your rights taken away because of your race (skin), colour  . . .

Article 11 – If accused of a crime, you have the right to be treated as innocent until you are proved guilty.

Article 12 – No one has the right to intrude in your private life . . . without good reason.

Article 28 – Human beings have the right to live in the kind of world where their rights and freedoms are respected.

Aboriginal people did not have the right to defend themselves against the superintendent and the harsh punishments.

The role of parent was often removed from Aboriginal people. This would have affected parenting skills.

Source E – Freedom Rides against examples of racism:

Aboriginal people were banned from the RSL, even if they were ex-servicemen from WWII; Aboriginal people were excluded from public baths.

Article 2 – You should not be treated differently, or have your rights taken away because of your race (skin), colour . . .

Article 28 – Human beings have the right to live in the kind of world where their rights and freedoms are respected.

Article 1 – You have the same human rights as everyone else in the world because you are a human being.

Article 27 – No one may stop you from participating in the cultural life of your community.

Aboriginal people were treated differently by many people. The effect of this was limited opportunity and rights.

This angered Aboriginal people and caused clashes with locals. They protested until they got what they wanted.

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