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Deanna Witmer
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« on: October 19, 2010, 01:24:24 pm »

Definitions from academia
Dean of Indigenous Research and Education at Charles Darwin University, Professor MaryAnn Bin-Sallik, has publicly lectured on the ways Australian Aborigines have been categorised and labelled over time:[6]

Professor Bin-Sallik’s lecture offered a new perspective on the terms “urban” and “traditional” and “of Indigenous descent” as used to define and categorise Aboriginal Australians.
“Not only are these categories inappropriate, they serve to divide us,” Professor Bin-Sallik said.

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“Government’s insistence on categorising us with modern words like ‘urban’, ‘traditional’ and ‘of Aboriginal descent’ are really only replacing old terms ‘half-caste’ and ‘full-blood’ – based on our colouring.”

She called for a replacement of this terminology by the word: Aborigine ... “irrespective of hue”.

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