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This article explores some of the reasons why family violence is an increasing issue for Indigenous peoples, and recent developments aimed at combating the problem. Discussion includes Indigenous and Western law, self determination and family violence, and the need for governments to develop a better...
Reviewing an address by Tony Abbott, Minister for Employment Services and Workplace Relations, to the Indigenous Employment Conference in Canberra, 2002, the author suggests that Abbott's solutions to Aboriginal unemployment are based on a flawed premise. In his view Abbott's belief that native title stands...
Racist stereotypes place Aboriginal people at a disadvantage when seeking accommodation in Western Australia’s private rental market.
All peoples around the world have stories that honour the waters that surround coastlines, flow over lands and pool in valleys. Indigenous peoples do too. This Māori prayer above inspires a call for governments to ‘rise up’ to legislate for the values, rights and interests...
The history of compensation determinations under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) (NTA) is not a positive one for native title claimants. In the 19 years from the enactment of the NTA until the 2013 decision De Rose v State of South Australia there had...
On 7 February 2016, public housing tenants from the remote Aboriginal community of Santa Teresa in the Northern Territory commenced unprecedented legal action against the CEO of the Northern Territory Department of Housing in an attempt to address the poor state of housing in their...
VULNERABLE CONSUMERS MUST BE PROTECTED FROM UNSCRUPULOUS BOOK UP OPERATORS
While acknowledged as a necessary service with numerous benefits, particularly for those living in regional and remote areas, 'book up' (an informal credit provision offered by stores or other traders to Indigenous customers)...
The paperless arrests regime is just another brick in the wall of the Northern Territory’s obsession with mass incarceration, argues North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency’s Jonathon Hunyor in the latest edition of the Indigenous Law Bulletin .
Torres Strait Islander traditional adoption has been the subject of political and legal debate for decades. While the law has given consideration and limited recognition to Torres Strait Islander adoption, the case of Eatts v Gundy (‘ Eatts ’) in Queensland raises once more the...
I was asked to make some remarks about the concept of‘consultation’ in the proposal for Indigenous constitutional recognition put forward by the Cape York Institute (‘CPI’). My understanding of what presently is proposed is taken from the two submissions by the CPI to...