|Title||:||Lands of Shame: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 'Homelands' in Transition|
|Number of Pages||:||254 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Lands of Shame: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 'Homelands' in Transition Reviews
Helen Hughes's 2007 examination of the 'homelands' (Hughes's inversted commas) project is heartbreaking, shaming, and daunting. Each chapter opens with a catalogue of specific examples of how policies and structures have failed people living in the homelands areas, (from illiteracy, to rampant drug and alcohol abuse, to child sexual assault) often leading to horrific and tragic deaths.If Hughes had left it as an investigation, it would be a worthwhile, if difficult, report to read. However, Hughes is an economist, and looks at all these issues through the lense of white, neo-liberal economics, suggesting ways to "fix" the problems she has outlined. The majority of her suggestions revolve around "empowering" Indigenous people so they can compete economically with white people. This attitude sets up a dichotomy of "us and them", which Hughes doesn't seem to have a problem with.The report reeks of white man's burden, and Hughes's "solutions" make only a token effort to consider Indigenous views. Reading this has encouraged me to find out more information about the Homelands, and to read more widely about Indigenous issues - which is good - but as a text about how to tackle inequalities and issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people, I would consider this an example of what not to do.