Unmasking the Racial Contract
Indigenous Voices on Racism in the Australian Public Service
In an era of reconciliation and cultural diversity, Indigenous peoples in Australia still experience everyday and structural racisms in the workplace. 'Unmasking the Racial Contract' is a study of one such workplace: the Australian Public Service. the author shows that despite claims of fairness, inclusion, opportunity, respect and racial equality for all, Indigenous employees continue to languish on the lower rungs of the Australian Public Service employment ladder. By showing how racism is normalised in white institutions, the author helps us see and understand — and ultimately challenge — racism.This original and innovative book is written from an Indigenous standpoint, and uses race as a key framework to critically examine the discrimination faced by Indigenous employees in an Australian institution. The author provides an insider's perspective and privileges the voices of other Indigenous employees, and she applies critical race theory to unmask the racial contract that underpins the ‘absent presence' of racism in the Australian Public Service.