magazine has been continuously published since 1978, we
are publishing some of the articles from the archives for historical interest, such as this. For teaching and
sharing purposes, readers are advised to supplement these historic articles with more up-to-date ones suggested in the Related Articles and Further Reading
Aborigines and evolution
“‘Social Darwinism’ was the buzz phrase that influenced thought on the Aboriginal race late last century and well into this one. It meant that Aborigines were the least evolved people in the world and were therefore destined to disappear. … It was an attitude that justified long-lasting cruelty and pitted one race against another in one-sided and bloody encounters. … ‘Social Darwinism’ has provided the panacea for any consciences that were troubled by unfolding events.”
Cyril Ayris, White Lies, The West Australian Big Weekend, 10 June 1989, p. 1.
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