James Haughton


An unsettling decision: a legal and social history of native title and the Mabo decision

This paper has been prepared by the Parliamentary Library to mark the 30th anniversary of the High Court’s Mabo (No. 2) decision. It outlines the background and history of the decision, significant subsequent developments, the current status of Native Title and potential future developments.

Unfinished Parliamentary business: an overview of potential Indigenous Australians portfolio measures

This paper considers what might appear in the Albanese Government’s legislative and ministerial Indigenous Australians agenda, by listing what is already ‘on the table’.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander treaties, constitutional and legal recognition and representation in Australia: a chronology

The issues of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inclusion in law, governance and the Constitution have a long history that can be tracked back to the establishment of the first colonies. This paper aims to provide a brief history and chronology of the recognition, representation...

Indigenous affairs: a quick guide to key internet links - October 2016 update

This Quick Guide provides links to: a listing of Australian Government Indigenous affairs policies and programs the Council of Australian Government (COAG) key agreements under ‘Closing the Gap’ key documents on the proposed Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples other recent high-profile...
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The 25th Anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

Despite great changes in Indigenous policy in the last twenty-five years, the number of Indigenous deaths in custody has not declined. Between 1987 and 1991, while the Royal Commission was underway, there were 23 Indigenous deaths in prison custody and 28 in police custody. From...