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Paddy Gibson

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Senior Researcher, Jumbunna Inst for Indigenous Education & Research
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Journal articles

Gibson, P. & Gilbey, K. 2015, 'An Anthropological and Literary Study of Two Australian Aboriginal Women's Life Histories: The Impacts of Enforced Child Removal and Policies of Assimilation Linda Westphalen, Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, NY, 2012, 480pp, ISBN100773415939', The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, vol. 44, no. 01, pp. 124-126.
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Gibson, P.J. 2014, 'Imperialism, ANZAC nationalism and the Aboriginal experience of warfare', Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 63-82.
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Gibson, P. 2013, 'Stolen Futures', Overland, vol. Spring2013, no. 212, pp. 44-52.
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The article offers the author's insights regarding the Indigenous child removal in Australia. The author says that children are taken away from their families after they are reported to lost weight by the clinic under the mandates of the Australian government. She mentions that the Bringing Them Home report shows that child protection agencies cannot solve the problem of poverty and oppression and suggests the elimination of the practice
Gibson, P. 2012, 'Return to the Ration Days: The nT Intervention - Grass-roots Experience and Resistance', Ngiya: Talk the Law, vol. 3, pp. 58-107.
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Gibson, P. 2012, 'Inte(rve)ntion to Destroy', Arena Magazine, vol. 118, pp. 9-12.
An analysis of the impact of the Northern Territory Intervention on the remote community of Daguragu. This article documents a substantial loss of productive resources in the community, along with the removal of citizenship rights, prompting leading community members to organise protest action.
Gibson, P. 2012, 'Income Management in the Northern Territory - Racism is Still the Issue', Overland, vol. December.
Analysis of a major government sponsored review into the operations of income management in the Northern Territory. Income management, which was initially solely targeted at Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory under the "Intervention", continues to be racially discriminatory despite the reinstatement of the Racial Discrimination Act and an apparent broadening in focus to other sections of the population. There are parallels between changes designed to disguise the racist character of income management in 2011 and a redesign of Native Welfare regulations in the NT in the 1950s.
Gibson, P. 2011, 'Still no evidence for Macklin's NT Intervention', Crikey, vol. December 5.
An analysis of government sponsored reports evaluating the impact of the Northern Territory Intervention. This article argues that the "Community Safety and Wellbeing Study", released in Novermber 2011, was structured by the paternalistic ideology of the Intervention and can not be relied upon as proof that the Intervention is improving conditions in communities. Alternative evidence is presented to demonstrate harmful effects of the Intervention and argue against new "Stronger Futures" legislation.


Porter, A. & Gibson, P. 2015, 'Abbott remembers 'the good old days' when the Blacks knew their place', New Matilda.
Longman, C.D., Watson, N., Nicholson, A., Vivian, A., Priest, T., De Santolo, J., Gibson, P., Behrendt, L. & Cox, E. 2012, 'Listening But Not Hearing: A Response to the NTER Stronger Futures Consultations June to August 2011.'.
A report compiled between researchers at Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning evaluating the Stronger Futures consultation process against Australia's obligations under international law to consult with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in relation to decisions that affect them. The Report includes a 'Report Card' providing an overview of the efficacy of the consultation process.


Vivian, A.M., Schnierer, E.M., Behrendt, L.Y. & Gibson, P. Senate Community Affairs Committee 2010, Submission to the Senate Community Affairs Committee Inquiry into Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform and Reinstatement of Racial Discrimination Act) Bill 2009 and the Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous, pp. 1-34, Canberra.