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Aboriginal Labour and the Cattle Industry: Queensland from White…

by Dawn May

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Cattle has been big business in Australia for well over a century and earns substantial export dollars. Yet the contribution that Aboriginal people have made to this key sector of the Australian economy has not been widely recognised. This book uncovers the central role of Aboriginal labour in the Queensland cattle industry. It looks at a broad period, from Aboriginal land use at the time of first contact, resistance to white settlers and rapid absorption of Aboriginal people into the pastoral economy. The book also considers the impact of the introduction of equal pay rates in the 1970s and land management in the 1990s. Dawn May shows that the use of Aboriginal labour was a complex process involving a high degree of state intervention. Her book is an important economic and social history of the cattle industry in Queensland, but the pressing issue of native title makes the book highly relevant throughout post-Mabo Australia.

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Land use in Queensland at the time of first contact; Aboriginal resistance to settlers; importance of traditional Aboriginal skills in development of pastoral industry; incorporation of Aboriginal labour into the pastoral industry - by 1886 half the total workforce in the industry; 1897 Protection Act and requirement for written agreement for each worker in the industry; disparity in wages throughout the state; attitude of the labour movement to Aboriginal labour; station conditions; race relations; attitudes to women; 1919 Employment Regulation, establishment of missions and their role in provision of labour to pastoral industry; fight for equal pay; role of trade unions and FCAATSI; contemporary land management and acquisition of pastoral properties for traditional owners.… (more)

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