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- Through the eye of a needle: the challenge of getting justice in Australia if you're indigenous or seeking asylum
- Fraser, Heather; Briskman, Linda
- In this chapter we note some of the historial context of the Australian welfare state before highlighting two examples of people who are highly susceptible to injustice and resource poverty. They are (1) Indigenous Australians (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples); and (2) people who have recently arrived in Australia to seek asylum from oppression in their countries of origin. After tracing the current treatment of both groups, we consider what some of the 'old' radical social work texts might still teach us as social workers. By critically analysing some of the more progressive actions that Australian social workers have taken with respect to these groups, we aim to highlight some possibilities for change. Asking ourselves 'Where might we go from here?', we consider what a radical/progressive guide for practice might look like now that we have moved beyond modernity. Apart from urging social workers to tackle injustice through whichever modes of practice in which they are engaged, we find inspiration from, as well as the need for, 'new' sites of protest and new forms of political participation.
- Publication type
- Book chapter
- Globalisation, global justice and social work / Iain Ferguson, Michael Lavalette, Elisabeth Whitmore (eds.), chapter 8, pp. 107-121
- Publication year
- Aboriginal people; Asylum seekers; Australia; History; Indigenous peoples; Injustice; Resource poverty; Social work; Social workers; Torres Strait Islander people
- 9780415325387, 0415325382
- Publisher URL
- Copyright © 2005 Taylor & Francis.
- Peer reviewed