Title

Epilogue

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publisher

Wakefield Press

Place of Publication

South Australia

RAS ID

25954

Comments

Originally published as: Brock, P. (2017). Epilogue. In Colonialism and Its Aftermath: A history of Aboriginal South Australia Adelaide (pp. 341-351). Wakefield Press. Original article available here

Abstract

The atomic tests saga in South Australia echoes in some ways the original colonisation of the country. The federal government deemed the region, which it made over to British nuclear bomb testing, empty and uninhabited. While making some effort to verify that this was in fact the case, the government did not make adequate resources available to ensure that no Aboriginal people were affected by fallout from the testing. The concept of terra nullius, land belonging to no-one, still coloured government thinking. As we have seen, this view was challenged from the 1960s, first with the introduction of land rights legislation in South Australia and several other states, then with the passing of the Native Title Act in 1993

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