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SVA perspectives: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

This paper considers what is required to improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who are experiencing vulnerability.

Strengthening accountability and advocacy in Aboriginal affairs

In 2018, the Western Australian government sought community views about a proposal to establish an independent statutory office for advocacy and accountability in Aboriginal affairs. This report outlines the main ideas and concerns raised through the feedback process.
Discussion paper

An office for advocacy and accountability in Aboriginal affairs in Western Australia

This discussion paper outlines a proposal for a new statutory office to strengthen government’s accountability to Aboriginal Western Australians and to advocate for Aboriginal people’s interests in government policy and performance.
Journal article

Taking ‘a rightful place in our own country’:Indigenous self-determination and the Australian people

This article presents an edited transcript of Linda Burney's speech given to the colloquium at the Whitlam Institute held on the 21st February 2018. Burney indicates the state of play in the Labor Party's response to the ‘Uluru Statement from the Heart’ at that time...

Final report of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act of Recognition Review Panel

Under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Act 2013 the Minister for Indigenous Affairs appointed a Review Panel on 27 March 2014. The panel was tasked with assessing levels of public awareness and support for amending the Constitution to recognise Indigenous peoples and...

Observations on the Northern Territory Emergency Response in Australia

This report presents the observations of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, James Anaya, on the Northern Territory Emergency Response (“NTER”) program in Australia, in advance of reforms to the NTER that are anticipated in 2010.

Constitutional reform

This submission suggests ways that constitutional reform and other complementary measures may be progressed to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, establish a First Nation’s Voice to Parliament, and facilitate truth telling and agreement making.
Journal article

Aboriginal service in the First World War: Identity, recognition and the problem of mateship

The popular construction of unconditional mateship, said to make the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) the band of brothers it never was, today overshadows the existence of racism in the AIF, and the fact that the negative treatment Aboriginal servicemen received post-war was often at the...

Enduring colonization

This report presents an independent policy and law analysis of the situation faced by French Polynesia and its peoples, who remain under the effective administrative and political control of France.
Journal article

Second wave due diligence: the case for incorporating free, prior, and informed consent into the deep sea mining regulatory regime

This article calls for the norm of free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) for indigenous peoples to be applied to deep sea mining (DSM) projects carried out in the international seabed, particularly in the Pacific region, where numerous indigenous communities stand to be directly and...