WA historian Neville Green has remarked that royal commissions and inquiries into Indigenous matters in Western Australia have generally been motivated by one of two themes: either to identify problems and improve legislation and/or policy; or to 'address concerns of abuse and injustice'. As outcomes from the Mosely Royal Commission show, problems and injustices can continue after the findings and recommendations have been made even when certain improvements do come about.
Tilbrook, in Nyungar Tradition (p.76) reported that the '1905 Aborigines Act strongly encouraged Nyungar families to turn to each other for marriage partners, particularly Section 43 which made residence or cohabitation between an Aboriginal and a non-Aboriginal illegal. The restrictions of this Act relating to marriage were not fully lifted until the Native Welfare Act of 1963 came into effect, although moves in this direction began with the Moseley Royal Commission into Aboriginal Affairs in 1935. See also p.120 for another reference to Moseley.
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15 June 2018
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