FAMILY GROUPS WERE FORCED OFF THE STATIONS THAT HAD BEEN THEIR LIFELONG HOMES
Arbitration Commission required the stations to move towards paying their Aboriginal workers standard rates; the 1967 referendum on Aboriginal rights altered the terms of the power balance between the indigenous and the mainstream; and newly introduced basic welfare and social support payments for families soon became part of the economic equation.
The upshot was unrest in the pastoral workforce, walkouts, evictions, a recasting of the social landscape of the north. The informal compact had come to an end. Once the effects of the wages case decision began to bite, large family groups were forced off the big central Kimberley stations that had been their lifelong