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The Colonial Fantasy: Why white Australia can't solve black problems

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Forum Theatre, Arts West Building, University of Melbourne

Parkville, VIC 3010

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Indigenous-Settler Relations Collaboration Seminar Series

The Colonial Fantasy: Why white Australia can't solve black problems

Sarah Maddison in conversation with Lidia Thorpe

Launch of The Colonial Fantasy: Why white Australia can’t solve black problems by ISRC Co-director Sarah Maddison.

About the book:

Australia is wreaking devastation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The evidence is incontrovertible. Whatever the policy - from protection to assimilation, self-determination to intervention, reconciliation to recognition - government policies and programs have made little positive difference to the quality of life of the majority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In The Colonial Fantasy Sarah Maddison considers why Australia persists in the face of such obvious failure and argues that white Australia can't solve black problems because white Australia is the problem. It calls for a radical restructuring of the relationship between black and white Australia.

The book will be launched by Gunnai-Gunditjmara woman Lidia Thorpe, former Greens member for Northcote and the first Indigenous woman elected to the Victorian Parliament.

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The MC for the evening will be Dr Elise Klein from the University of Melbourne.

Please arrive by 5:30pm for a 6pm start.

Refreshments will be served at the event, please advise if you have any allergies.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event for $34.99

NOTE: we will have Auslan interpreters present on the evening from 5:30pm and for the formal proceedings 6pm till 7:30pm.

If you have any other accessibility requirements that we can assist with please notify us as soon as possible.

About the author:

Sarah Maddison is Professor of Politics in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, co-director of the Indigenous-Settler Relations Collaboration and a former chair of GetUp! She is author of Black Politics and Beyond White Guilt, and co-editor of Silencing Dissent.

You can find out more about the Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration at https://arts.unimelb.edu.au/indigenous-settler-relations-collaboration

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