Tim Rowse was a Professorial Fellow in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, Western Sydney University, at the time of working on this paper. He now holds an honorary appointment in the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University. He has worked within Australian Indigenous Studies since the early 1980s, and his most recent book is Rethinking social justice: from ‘peoples’ to ‘populations’ (2012). He is currently completing a study of Australia’s Indigenous history since Federation.
Western Sydney University
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