Inquiry into the Aboriginal homelands movement in Australia

House Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs


On 14 May 1987, the House Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs tabled its report on the inquiry into the Aboriginal homelands movement in Australia entitled Return to country: the Aborginal homelands movement in Australia.

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This report is comprised of preliminary pages, 13 chapters and 12 appendices.

Return to country: the Aboriginal homelands movement in Australia

Part A: Preliminary pages up to Chapter 8 (PDF 7700KB)
Contents, Foreword, Committee Membership, Terms of Reference, List of Abbreviations and List of Recommendations

Ch1: Introduction

Ch2: Location and numbers
Ch3: Existing Government policies
Ch4: Future of the homelands movement
Ch5: Policies to cater for homeland centres
Ch6: Funding of homeland centres
Ch7: Resources for providing services
Ch8: The economies of homeland centres

Part B: Chapter 9 to Appendix 12 (end) (PDF 5850KB)
Ch9: Land tenure
Ch10: Infrastructure in homeland centres
Ch11: Education services in homeland centres
Ch12: Health services in homeland centres
Ch13: Conclusion

Appendix 1: List of organisations and individuals who made submissions
Appendix 2: List of witnesses
Appendix 3: List of exhibits
Appendix 4: List of communities and homeland centres visited
Appendix 5: Homeland centre communities
Appendix 6: Department of Aboriginal Affairs Departmental Guidelines
Appendix 7: Summary of position on excisions from pastoral leases in the Northern Terriroty
Appendix 8: Northern Territory Government procedures for excisions from pastoral properties
Appendix 9: Summary of position on excision from pastoral leases in Western Australia at January 1987
Appendix 10: Extract from Commonwealth Government's preferred national Aboriginal Land Rights model
Appendix 11: Northern Territory Government standards for essential services in minor communities
Appendix 12: World Health Organisation's definitaion of primary health care