Articles tagged with: Indigeneous
NEW environmental laws are undermining indigenous and non-indigenous property rights.
The protection of property rights in Australia is an important issue that is uniting indigenous and non-indigenous landholders.
Both are concerned that in recent years the introduction of vegetation clearing laws, compulsory property acquisitions and, recently, the Wild Rivers legislation in Queensland threaten their livelihoods. So they are seeking recognition and protection of their rights where they have been removed by environmental and heritage laws, and just compensation if these rights are removed.
One unlikely champion to take a stand on this issue …
ALTHOUGH Tony Abbott, a senior federal Liberal MP, says there are grounds for optimism about Aboriginal policy (Inquirer, September 5), it’s far too early to declare victory.
Still, there have been advances. Take Cape York, for example. Thanks to Noel Pearson, there are now at least some controls on alcohol in four indigenous communities. Also, the Queensland government is finally providing appropriate police numbers in Aboriginal communities and, thanks to a mix of carrot and stick, at least in Cape York more children are going to school.
But there’s still an enormous …
THE recent review of the Northern Territory intervention and the recommendation to reinstate the Racial Discrimination Act in the NT were welcome news to the vast majority of Aborigines in Australia, who lead ordinary lives and who are not drunks or child abusers.
The suspension of the Racial Discrimination Act affected Aborigines living outside the prescribed areas just as much as those living in them. It damaged their self esteem and public standing around the country by saying they were so remiss in their roles as parents, guardians, friends and neighbours, …