FAM­ILY GROUPS WERE FORCED OFF THE STA­TIONS THAT HAD BEEN THEIR LIFE­LONG HOMES

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Books -

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

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