Treaties

Briefing paper

19 Feb 2019
8

Every year around Waitangi Day there is debate about what the day is, and whether it should continue as it is. So what is Waitangi Day? Is it a day of protest? A day of commemoration? A day of celebration? A day at the beach?...

Briefing paper

29 Jan 2019
2

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces, or INF, Treaty, signed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Communist Party General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, was a profound achievement. It was the first bilateral nuclear arms control treaty to ban an entire class of weapons. It contained...

Article

23 Nov 2018
16

Many Indigenous communities in the USA have used tribal self-determination and access to land to build an economic base and deliver benefits to their people.

While the circumstances in the USA differ from both Australia and New Zealand, two US experts believe that some...

Report

19 Sep 2018
3

This report supports the current review that the Australian government is undertaking into Australia’s liquid fuel security and urges the government to fully explore the links as it assesses the adequacy, reliability and affordability of Australia’s physical oil stocks.

Audio interview

3 Sep 2018
7

The Policy Shop is a podcast at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

The right to self-determination and recognition feature prominently in debates surrounding Indigenous peoples in Australia and indeed around the world.

In this episode New Zealand Māori constitutional lawyer, Dr Moana Jackson...

Journal article

23 Aug 2018
220

From a critical First Nations standpoint, Irene Watson reflects upon the significance and legacy of the Commonwealth of Australia’s 1967 referendum.

Website

10 Aug 2018
23

In February 2018, the South Australian Government signed an agreement with the Narungga Nation, as a significant milestone towards Treaty.

Negotiations also occurred in 2017-2018 with the Adnyamathanha and Ngarrindjeri Nations.

In February 2017, Dr Roger Thomas was appointed as Treaty Commissioner to...

Fact sheet

Factsheet
8 Aug 2018
22

In June 2018 the Northern Territory government asserted that is was committed to commencing discussion on developing a Treaty (or Treaties) with First Nations peoples in the Northern Territory.

Guide

1 Aug 2018
25

This booklet has been prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the interests of improving government agencies’ understanding of New Zealand’s practice, with respect to international treaties and arrangements. It also provides guidance for government agencies on practice and procedures for concluding...

Video

Dr Moana Jackson
24 Jul 2018
29

The Dungala Kaiela ‘Defining Goulburn Murray’ Oration is an annual event co-hosted by the Kaiela Institute and the University of Melbourne. The Orations have rolling themes examining culture, climate change, economics and regional development, legal issues, health and society. The aim of the Oration is...

Report

9 Jul 2018
38

"OPCAT is an unusual treaty in that it creates no new substantive rights. Yet it could be the single most positive development this decade in improving conditions in all Australian places of detention."

When the words ‘Don Dale Youth Detention Centre’ are mentioned it...

Report

Report of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee
2 Jul 2018
5

The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has conducted the international treaty examination of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and recommends that the House take note of its report.

Report

27 Jun 2018
299

This guide provides case studies of international jurisdictions that have historic treaties or modern treaty-making processes, self-governance arrangements, and other mechanisms aimed at realising self-determination for Indigenous peoples.

Commentary

25 Jun 2018
24

As treaty negotiations begin in Victoria, each party will have to accept the other’s legitimacy; that their own power is not absolute and unconditional.

Discussion paper

19 Jun 2018
191

In this second stage of consultation with civil society, the commission invites comments on the proposals set out in the Interim Report, as well as a further set of questions regarding how OPCAT should be implemented in Australia.

Guide

A guide to Treaty of Waitangi claims and negotiations with the Crown
16 Jun 2018
6

“Ka tika ā muri, ka tika ā mua—Healing the past, building a future” is a comprehensive guide to Treaty of Waitangi claims and negotiations.

Policy

Memorandum of Understanding & Joint Statement
8 Jun 2018
18

A Memorandum of Understanding to provide for the development of a framework for negotiating a Treaty with the First Nations of the Northern Territory of Australia.

Background to the Memorandum of Understanding

This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) represents the first significant step...

Report

4 May 2018
428

This guide provides a broad overview of some of the most significant historical initiatives, events and policies aimed towards negotiating a treaty or treaty-like agreement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders that have occurred at the Commonwealth level, as well as a summary of recent...

Briefing paper

4 May 2018
86

The Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Bill 2018 (‘Advancing the Treaty Bill’) was introduced in the Legislative Assembly by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Hon. Natalie Hutchins, on 7 March 2018.

Report

21 Feb 2018
23

With the strategic balance teetering in the Asia–Pacific, a more cold-hearted assessment of the Australia – New Zealand alliance is needed.

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