Anthony, Thalia & Stephen Gray: Was there slavery in Australia? Yes. It shouldn’t even be up for debate

Thalia Anthony & Stephen Gray

Was there slavery in Australia? Yes. It shouldn’t even be up for debate‘, The Conversation, 11 June 2020

Comprehensive catalogue of slavery in Australia, with slavery being defined as by the United Nations.

Article 1 of the United Nations Slavery Convention says:

Slavery is the status or condition of a person over whom any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership are exercised.

These powers might include non-payment of wages, physical or sexual abuse, controls over freedom of movement, or selling a person like a piece of property. In the words of slavery historian Orlando Patterson, slavery is a form of “social death”.

Also in Guardian Australia.

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