janetthomas

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Indigenous disadvantage[1] in Australia began with dispossession and displacement. Disadvantage through discrimination, intergenerational poverty and the loss of autonomy through government policies has entrenched it. Renting a home, gaining employment, getting service are all times when Indigenous people are often racially profiled and discriminated against. Such disadvantage increases the likelihood of further disadvantage. When a home environment is poor there is less chance to study or be encouraged, making learning difficult. This is exacerbated further through poor nutrition and hearing loss through ear infections. Poverty lowers self-esteem, increasing the chances of illness, death and the likelihood of arrest and incarceration. All these factors entrench Indigenous disadvantage rather than allowing the opportunity of further education, increased employability and higher income. It is only through listening to Indigenous people, acting upon their recommendations, increasing opportunity for them, and educating the general population to be proud of their nation’s Indigenous heritage will…

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