Outstations policy a fresh attempt at assimilation

21 May 2009

Rather than foster and support indigenous homeland communities and outstations, both the federal and Northern Territory governments have sought to undermine their existence, writes Dr Thalia Anthony.

In an opinion piece in today's edition of The Age, Dr Anthony argues the only basis for the current outstation policy is ideological.

"The Northern Territory and federal governments are reimposing colonial forms of containment that prevent indigenous survival beyond government-regulated boundaries.

"The policy of undermining outstations is a threat to indigenous wellbeing and is against evidence-based research that recommends the preservation of outstations."

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