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One might be inclined to suggest that Aboriginal writing is the new genre offering its own syntax appealing to those who would like to situate the Aboriginal book as the representative of Aboriginality the written and purely factual notion that this is what it means to be home-grown the Indigenous Other However to bracket-off Aboriginal writing as a socially progressive fact is perhaps illusory with Aboriginal writers previously unheard of and of course representing what was once unmentionable will we see signs of a cultural pluralistic buoyancy The once silenced voices that can now be circulated and understood seems to suggest that white Australia has relaxed its position welcoming among its literary ranks those with something important to say To suggest however that Aboriginality in print form can only be good is an innocent mistake For all that is seen as a contemporary license to express ones cultural and personal take on what being Aboriginal means by way of the text is merely confirmation of mainstream Australias white-refusal to meet Aboriginality on its own terms that is understanding or cultural pluralism cannot be published And certainly not when the Aboriginal text is an artifice that had to be pushed into the Australian social contract whereby Aboriginal tradition is and must be neglected in order to ask for understanding The Aboriginal text therefore regardless of its move toward Western aesthetic qualities must be seen as a political gesture first a hybrid second and then anecdotal evidence pure of further oppression dressed up as a means to equality justice true expression and for the white-reading-public something stylish As Robert Ariss points out the construction of an Aboriginal discourse was never something that white Australia was quick to promote rather the intervention of Aborigines has been an essential force1 Such a blatant truth however is somehow translated into a social quasi-emancipation through the text Indeed Aboriginals themselves have taken representation into their own hands as opposed
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