Giving new life to native title

Proposed amendments to the Native Title Act in Victoria are timely (‘Native title revamp for state’, The Age 6 Jan 09).  This Act was from its inception flawed as it demanded that Aboriginal people demonstrate continuous connections with the land they cl…

Reviewing the role of prisons

While concerns are being expressed about the plight of most Australians being adversely affected by the developing world-wide recession, the fate of 25,000 ‘out-of-sight’ citizens incarcerated in our jails should not be ‘out- of- our- minds”‘. Of special…

Respect rights of all

It comes as no surprise that Civil Liberties Australia has given the Government an “inconsistent” assessment on its human rights performance (“Rudd Labor ‘inconsistent’ on human rights: report”, Canberra Times, October 4, p8).

Last week, in its respon…