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Aboriginal broadcasting development in Australia 1979-1986

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posted on 2022-08-04, 05:42 authored by Bryon Quigley

The subject of this paper is largely new ground, and apart from anthropological studies, provides little in the way of variegated and authoritative texts upon which to draw.

My approach to the subject is based on primary research and personal contact and involvement with the growing Aboriginal broadcasting movement in the period 1979-1986.

I have therefore identified direct quotes within the body of the paper, and have added a substantial bibliography, naming the sources of information, largely documents and submissions from persons and organisations involved in this process.

This procedure, as distinct from the more usual minutely numbered references, was adopted as a conscious and critical choice, appropriate to the nature of the theme of this paper.

I wish to acknowledge, with gratitude, the advice and assistance given to me by Aboriginal broadcasters, academics, and activists.

I also acknowledge gratefully the advice and guidance of my Special Subject Tutor, Dr. Theo van Leeuwen, in clarify the form and content of this essay.


Table of Contents

1. Proposition -- 2. An Aboriginal identity in broadcasting -- 3. Available forms of media -- 4. The Aboriginal broadcasters -- 5. The historical perspective -- 6. The remote initiatives -- 7. Effects and prospects -- 8. Conclusion -- 9. Appendices -- 10. Bibliography


An essay submitted to meet the requirements of MAS 861 Includes bibliographical references (pages 101-102)

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Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis masters research


Thesis (MA), Macquarie University, School of English and Linguistics, 1987

Department, Centre or School

School of English and Linguistics

Year of Award



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