A history rooted within ethnocentric social paradigms has created a social divide among the Australian population, between the Indigenous and Non-Indigenous communities. This divide has amplified unfavorable attitudes and negative stereotypes towards Aboriginal people. The inability for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous communities of Australia to reach a common ground has lead to continual disruptions hindering the establishment of salient public policies for Australian Reconciliation.
In February of 2001, Australia hosted its second national Deliberative Poll titled, Australia Deliberates: Reconciliation- Where from Here? This Australian Deliberative Poll aimed to gauge the opinion of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous representatives on Reconciliation and discuss potential solutions through both politics and social statues. After deliberation, attitudes shifted about Aboriginals and about policies for reconciliation in general.
Student Research Papers
- Australia Deliberates 2001 Deliberative Poll: Mutual Understanding in an Ethnically Divided Space
Gladys Jiménez, James Fishkin and Alice Siu