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Indigenous Australians and the legal profession

Indigenous Law Bulletin
Volume 7 Issue 26 (Sept/Oct 2011)

Abstract: The law has a special meaning for Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders. Many regard the law as a framework for civil society, under which the innocent are protected and the guilty punished. Fundamental principles of the law have developed over time to ensure natural justice and the presumption of innocence for anyone accused of a crime and just recompense for anyone deprived of possessions. However, throughout the history of colonial settlement in Australia and even following Federation, for Indigenous Australians the law has often been used as a tool to arbitrarily deprive and oppress.

To cite this article: Ward, Alexander. Indigenous Australians and the legal profession [online]. Indigenous Law Bulletin, Vol. 7, No. 26, Sept/Oct 2011: 3-6. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=690235082712647;res=IELIND> ISSN: 1328-5475. [cited 09 Dec 16].

Personal Author: Ward, Alexander; Source: Indigenous Law Bulletin, Vol. 7, No. 26, Sept/Oct 2011: 3-6 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1328-5475 Subject: Civil society; Colonization; Aboriginal Australians--Legal status, laws, etc.; Aboriginal Australians--Government policy; History; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) President, Law Council of Australia

Database: Indigenous Collection