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Issue Details: First known date: 1988... 1988 [Review Essay] End of an ERA: Aboriginal Labour in the Northern Territory
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'In 1944 Ronald and Catherine Berndt were employed by the Australian Investment Agency (popularly known as Vestey's; hereafter referred to as AIA) to conduct a survey of the Aboriginal labour force on a number of the company's pastoral properties in the Northern Territory. The expressed purpose of the survey was to ascertain the extent to which the Aboriginal labour force might be dwindling and to suggest ways in which numbers might be augmented. In the Berndts' view, it seemed possible that Aboriginal and AIA interests could coincide: the company wanted a productive work force and many Aboriginal people either wanted 'employment' or had no option but to be 'employed'.'  (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Australian Aboriginal Studies no. 1 1988 Z652240 1988 periodical issue

    'Given the events of the last six months, a blank sheet of paper, and an editorial to write, I am seized with panic. What can I possibly say in 873 words or less? Some reflections then, in no particular order. The words of the song, 'you don't know what you've got till it's gone' are not strictly appropriate. It being the Institute, hasn't, at the time of writing, gone, and we certainly know what we've got—an institution which is unique in the world. We have however, been pushed, once again, into pondering the nature of that uniqueness, and considering what the effect of certain changes would be.' (Editorial introduction)

    1988
    pg. 93-99
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