Category: Indigenous Legal Issues (page 1 of 2)

A Referendum on the First Nations Voice to Parliament is a National Priority

 BY TEELA REID

Labor has promised to uphold its commitment to enshrine a First Nations Voice to Parliament as a matter of priority. This means Bill Shorten has the opportunity to redefine a nation that so desperately needs leadership. Despite … Read the rest

Another Stop on the Road to Meaningful Constitutional Recognition

BY GABRIELLE APPLEBY

Two significant developments emerged this week on the road towards meaningful constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The first was an announcement on Tuesday by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten together with Labor’s three Aboriginal … Read the rest

The Noongar Settlement: Two Lessons for Treaty Making in Australia

BY HARRY HOBBS

On 17 October 2018, Australia’s largest native title settlement moved a step towards implementation, when the Native Title Registrar accepted the Noongar Settlement for registration in the Native Title Register. The culmination of many years of … Read the rest

The Northern Territory Court of Appeal Goes Off the Beaten Track

BY CHRIS RONALDS SC AND CRAIG LONGMAN

In the recent decision of Munkara v Bencsevich & Ors, the Northern Territory Court of Appeal appears to have adopted an interpretation of s 10 of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth)Read the rest

Australia’s First Treaty

BY HARRY HOBBS AND GEORGE WILLIAMS

Last month, the Victorian government introduced a bill into Parliament that would create a legislative basis for negotiating a treaty with Aboriginal people in the state. The bill would establish an Aboriginal representative body … Read the rest

Legislation as a Method of Constitutional Reform: An Alternative to Formal Amendment?

BY LAEL K WEIS

A striking feature of current debates about constitutional reform in Australia is the evident interest in exploring legislative alternatives to formal amendment. Although this may be explained by the historically low success rate of referendums, the Read the rest

Looking forward, looking back: Native Title in 2017 and 2018

BY AARON MOSS

As the 2018 legal year kicks off, one inevitably begins to reflect upon the year that was, and the year that will be. As this post will demonstrate, 2017 was a particularly significant year for native title … Read the rest

A decade on: What happened to the historic Blue Mud Bay case (and why is it in the news again)?

BY LAUREN BUTTERLY

On 30 May 2017, the Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion announced 7.5 million dollars to help ‘finalise Aboriginal land claims over sea country’ in the Northern Territory (NT). These ‘land claims’, or rather negotiations, relate to the … Read the rest

The Uluru Statement: Towards Federalism with First Nations

BY DYLAN LINO

A momentous thing happened on 26 May 2017. Gathered together in the shadow of Uluru for an unprecedented National Constitutional Convention, over 200 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates ‘coming from all points of the southern sky’ … Read the rest

Reasons Not To Be Scared of a New Constitutional Preamble

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BY JOHN PYKE

The suggestion that the Commonwealth Constitution should be given a new ‘preamble’ by referendum has surfaced a couple of times in the last two decades – in connection with the republic and now as part of the … Read the rest

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