An interview with Mick Dodson in which he discusses the nature of the Maccassans trading with Asia long before the arrival of the Europeans.
10 March 2002
Head of the Indigenous Law Centre, University of New South Wales, and former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.
We were trading with the Asians for hundreds of years before you guys arrived... And the feature of that exchange was one of respect for difference and accommodation of difference. And above all, unlike the Anglo-Celtics the Macassans in particular and the Papuans respected our sovereignty. And didn't interfere with it. They did trade with us. And that trade was stopped... that trade was stopped by the Anglo-Celtics. I don't deny there was conflict from time to time.
From Third National Immigration and Population Conference, Adelaide, SBS Television, February 1995.