This is an edited version of the Hon. Bob Debus’ Society of Labor Lawyers Annual lecture in memory of Frank Walker. In it, Debus reflects on changes in the justice system in NSW, and the Commonwealth, and impacts on Indigenous people.
In this paper, Bob Debus contrasts the history of a consensus on key environmental policy directions hewn from debate, compromise and negotiation. He chronicles the reversal and decline associated with the disruption of the current evolving environmental settlement.