Respect and understanding versus arrogance
: a study of how the approach of nineteenth-century British military commander in the Northern Territory, Collet Barker, offers a positive path towards intercultural interaction in Australia

  • Michael Chaffey Hartwig

    Student thesis: Other thesis - CDU

    Abstract

    review of recent press reports on inter-cultural relations in Australia reveals a discrepancy between the interpretations of the meaning of racial equality and cultural recognition between the Aboriginal people and the non-Aboriginal policy makers. This study looks at the factors that have influenced dominant policy in Australia that, even after over two hundred years, has not only failed to achieve racial harmony based on mutual understanding and respect, but, in many cases, has created a greater divide between the cultures. In contrast to the traditional English attitude of arrogance and domination inherent in the policies of authorities since settlement in 1788, the approach of Captain Collet Barker of the 39th Regiment, commandant of the settlement at Raffles Bay on the Cobourg Peninsula, is described as an alternate approach to achieving inter-cultural harmony and respect. The conclusion reached from this study is that, instead of applying such a policy of arrogance and domination, an approach based on mutual respect and understanding, as practised by Barker, opens the way to meaningful recognition and reconciliation in Australia.
    Date of Award2017
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorGreg Williams (Supervisor) & Steven Farram (Supervisor)

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