Balwant Saini, Emeritus Professor in the University of Queensland’s School of Architecture, authored an article on the state of Aboriginal housing in Australia at the time of the 1967 referendum on constitutional amendment. In light of this year’s fiftieth anniversary of the historic referendum result, Professor Saini has revisited the issues raised in his article and now comments on the changes, and the slow rate of change, in this area of Indigenous policy in the time since.
Below can be found links to, firstly, a copy of Professor Saini’s article, ‘Aboriginal Problem – An Architect’s View’, published in the October 1967 issue of Architecture in Australia. Following is a copy of his recent comments updating that piece, both generously provided by the author.
The impact of industrial development on traditional communities
In addition to the papers linked above, Professor Saini has provided a transcript of an address given at the 52nd Congress of the Australian & New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science in May 1982. In this address, Professor Saini examined the impact of large-scale industrial development and mining upon Indigenous communities and their housing.
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