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This paper recommends legislative responsibility be given to the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council to ensure the swift and respectful return and burial of Ancestral Remains.
This paper outlines the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council’s (Council) advice to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs...
In this report, four programs that were already being implemented by states and territories and identified by them under the National Indigenous Law & Justice Framework as promising practice in diversion are examined.
Diversion from the youth justice system is...
The Commonwealth Intervention of 2007 in the Northern Territory largely missed its ostensible aim of protecting sexually abused children, argues this essay which examines the relevant social, cultural and historical factors based on specific ethnographic work.
The exposure in 2006 of...
Mark McMillan is a senior lecturer at Melbourne Law School, the 2013 NAIDOC scholar of the year, and a board member of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. Here, he brings his vast experience to bear in examining Indigenous identity and the law....
This paper explores the importance of evidentiary references to song and ceremony in land claims and analyses judges' reports to show how references to song and ceremony have figured in them.
The first section of the paper looks at how song and ceremony sit...
While government investments have increased the availability of fundamental services such as police and schools, this report highlights the gaps that exist for Indigenous Australians in being able to make use of these services needed for community safety.
The disadvantages faced by...
The paper describes sources of data on victimisation, noting the gaps in data on Indigenous status and victimisation types, and arriving at trends in Indigenous violent victimisation. It identifies factors that act individually or collectively to increase victimisation, and makes some recommendations about addressing these...
This snapshot presents an overview of Indigenous peoples' experiences of law and justice as reported in the 2002 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) as well as data from other relevant ABS collections. Unless otherwise specified, data relate to Indigenous people aged...
Current multiparty support has created a historic opportunity to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first peoples of Australia, to affirm their full and equal citizenship, and to remove the last vestiges of racial discrimination from the Constitution. The Expert Panel was...
This paper explores the implications which flow from the fact that native title institutions comprise a complex system, or meta-system, and examines the extent and value of innovation within the native title system.