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In 1897 the Queensland government introduced the Aboriginal Protection and restriction of sale of opium Act Under the Act the government had authority to forcible remove children from their parents and place them in dormitories Consequently the Act is linked with contemporary social and economic disadvantage This essay outlines section nine of the Act Summarises Ruth Hegartys autobiography and lists the advantages of using the autobiography as a resource within secondary schools Last explains the inter-generational impacts as a result of assimilation policiesIn 1897 the Queensland parliament passed the first Act dedicated to regulating every aspect of Aboriginal lives the Aboriginal Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act The 1897 Act controlled aboriginal employment their bank accounts who they could marry their health and where they lived The act was founded on the recommendations of Archibald Meston Special Commissioner of Police The legislation restricted the rights of Aboriginal people Under the Act European Protectors of Aboriginals were allocated to exercise power over all aboriginal lives Section 9 of the 1897 Act gave government officials the legal right to remove Aboriginal people from their native land and place them onto reserves and missionsSection 9 It shall be lawful for the Minister to cause every aboriginalwithin any District not being an aboriginal excepted from the provisionsOf this section to be removed to and kept within the limits of anyReserve situated within such District in such manner and subject toSuch conditions as may be prescribed The Minister may subject to theSaid conditions cause any aboriginal to be removed from one reserve toAnotherThe Aboriginal Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act 1897has had devastating past and ongoing effect on the lives of Australian Aboriginals According to Donovan 2008 Every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander over the age of thirty would have experiences or can draw on lived experiences of their mothers fathers grandparents or other relatives of the harsh reality of living under the
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