Homeswest versus Aborigines: Housing discrimination in Western Aaustralia
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
School of International, Cultural and Community Studies
Housing for Aboriginal families became a controversial issue in Western Australia during the 1990s as a result of an increasing number of evictions of those living in state housing properties. This article examines the social, legal and political circumstances surrounding these evictions. It looks at a range of issues about the nature of institutional discrimination and the ambiguity between direct and indirect discrimination. It also examines the capacity of the legalistic processes of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission to deal with these issues.