Our State of Mind

Written by Quentin Beresford and Paul Omaji


In 1937, the Commonwealth Government and the States resolved to adopt as official policy the removal of Aboriginal children from their families. That policy envisaged the ultimate disappearance of the Aboriginal race. Although this policy was replaced after the Second World War with assimilation, much of the underlying purpose remained. Our State of Mind examines the racial thinking behind these developments. It challenges Australians to focus on critical issues on the nation’s path towards reconciliation.


Western Australian Premier’s Book Award (Winner 1999)

ISBN 9781863682350 (Paperback)
Formats B+ Format (205 x 138mm) (Paperback)
Categories Current Affairs, Culture & Social History
Award Winning
Pages 296
Publication Year 1998
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
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    Quentin Beresford

    Dr Quentin Beresford has had a diverse career in teaching, the public service and journalism. He has lectured in politics and public policy at Edith Cowan University since 1993. Before taking up his teaching position, Dr Beresford was a senior policy officer in the Western Australian office of the Department of Premier and Cabinet. As the former editor of Youth Studies he has had long-standing interests in youth policy and juvenile crime. Dr Beresford is the author of several books and a number of journal articles dealing with diverse aspects of social policy and electoral politics. Read more

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    Paul Omaji

    Dr Paul Omaji hails from Nigeria. He is a criminologist and legal sociologist and has lectured in Australian and Nigerian universities. Read more