Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Paul Clements

Second Advisor

Dr. Jim Butterfield

Third Advisor

Dr. Sushi Datta-Sandhu

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The prospects for development within the Aboriginal society of Western Australia were the focus of this study. The Primary intent of the study was to examine the causes behind an apparent lack of development within Aboriginal society. Next, the study examined possible remedies for the situation.

The study determined that the lack of development in Aboriginal society can be attributed primarily to social dysfunction ( or social dislocation). Furthermore, social dislocation could be attributed to cultural deprivation or the inability to practice one's culture. It was proposed and established that cultural and political autonomy would provide an environment more suitable for Aboriginal development. Last, the study addressed the feasibility to proposals for autonomy and possible outcomes resulting from the enactment of such a proposal.