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Permit to travel through Aboriginal land

Is this Apartheid Aussie style?

We had to apply and be issued with a permit to travel through Aboriginal land on our way from Broome to Middle Lagoon and Cape Leveque next week. The permits are a legal requirement to visit or travel through Aboriginal reserves and the official reason given is that the system is designed to help protect the privacy of the Aboriginal communities, preserve Aboriginal heritage and culture, safeguard the natural environment and to promote visitor safety. http://www.dia.wa.gov.au/en/Entry-Permits/

This reminds me of the old Apartheid South Africa, when we created reserves (home lands) for the different black tribes and controlled it with permits and passes.

I am not sure if the Aboriginal reserve and permit system is the design of the Australian government or if it is designed and required by the Aboriginal communities themselves. Maybe someone can enlighten me.

Posted by KobusM 19:16 Archived in Australia

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