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Obliged to be Difficult

Obliged to be Difficult
Nugget Coombs' Legacy in Indigenous Affairs

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  • Date Published: April 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521774109

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  • Since the 1967 constitutional referendum, Australian governments have moved toward policies of Indigenous self-determination. Obliged to Be Difficult presents the central issue of self-determination as seen by Dr. H. C. Coombs, the most influential policy maker after the referendum: through what political mechanisms will Indigenous Australians find their own voice? This narrative of Coombs' work draws on many unpublished sources and illuminates the interplay of government policy with Indigenous practice. This book is both an account of government policies and a biographical slice of an outstanding Australian.

    • Traces Coombs' legacy in public policy generally and Aboriginal affairs specifically
    • Draws on many unpublished sources
    • Biographical element gives unique insights into Coombs' work
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    "Rowse has provided a definitive and accomplished account of Nugget Coombs' public persona." John Lea

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    • Date Published: April 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521774109
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The modest mandate of 1967
    2. 'Land ownership for Aborigines presents difficult problems'
    3. Mediating the Yolngu
    4. Voice and feet
    5. North and South
    6. A national Indigenous leadership?
    7. Clans and councils
    8. As nasty a piece of chicanery as I can remember
    9. Effectively Aboriginal
    10. An Indigenous public sphere
    11. From James Cook to Eva Valley
    12. The 1940s in the 1990s.

  • Author

    Tim Rowse, University of Sydney

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