chapter  6
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Decolonizing Social Work in Australia: Prospect or Illusion

ByLinda Briskman

An oft quoted statement by Australian Aboriginal activist and educator Lilla Watson (in Riggs 2004) says, ‘If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time … but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together’. From a social work prism this statement represents a plea to support the liberation project of Indigenous Peoples and a call to liberate social work from its modernist and oppressive shackles.