International human rights law, women's rights and the Intervention

6 Apr 2009

This report discusses the importance of an intersectional race and gender approach when it comes to understanding special measures like the Northern Territory Intervention in international law.

The current debate about the Northern Territory legislative package focuses on the federal government's categorisation of the Intervention as a regime of 'special measures', that is, that the measures adopted are necessary to create substantive equality for Aboriginal people living in situations of disadvantage and social dysfunction. A central concern for opponents of the Intervention is that the government failed to conduct any community consultation before the measures were introduced. In response, the government's position is that affected communities were in a state of crisis at the time of implementation, making it impossible to effectively carry out such consultation.


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