Australia’s Unthinkable Genocide

by Colin Tatz



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/4/2017

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 272
ISBN : 9781524561000
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 272
ISBN : 9781524561017
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 272
ISBN : 9781524560997

About the Book

“We are a moral people” and the very notion that Australians could have anything to do with genocide is unthinkable—so claimed parliamentarians when Australia was asked to ratify the UN’s Genocide Convention in 1949. The reality is that even decent democrats and people who consider themselves good colonists are capable of doing just that—killing people because of who they were, forcibly removing their children in order to assimilate them and erase them from the landscape, and then, in the name of their protection, incarcerated them on reserves in a manner that caused them serious physical and mental harm. This confronting book addresses the whole issue of what happens to an indigenous minority who were considered other than human, an unworthy order of beings destined to die out.

About the Author

Colin Tatz was born and educated in South Africa and completed his PhD at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia. He founded and directed the Monash Indigenous Centre at Monash University, Melbourne from 1964 to 1971. He was foundation professor of Politics at the University of New England, NSW, from 1971 to 1982 and professor of Politics at Macquarie University, Sydney from 1982 to 1999. He has been visiting professor of Politics and International Relations at ANU since 2004. He is the founding director of the Australian Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Sydney. The author of 22 books, he researches, teaches and writes in the fields of Aboriginal studies, Jewish studies, race politics, migration, youth suicide, and sport history. His book, Obstacle Race: Aborigines in Sport won the Australian Human Rights Award for Non-Fiction in 1995 and in 1997 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).