Indigenous Law Bulletin
This month marks the 5th anniversary of the handing down of the decision by the High Court in Mabo [No. 2] (Mabo v Queensland [No. 2]  HCA 23; (1992) 175 CLR 1). The decision was handed down on 3 June 1992, after 10 years of litigation. Last month was the 30th anniversary of the 1967 referendum which gave the Commonwealth Constitutional power to make laws for the benefit of indigenous people.
NAIDOC Week runs from 6 to 13 July 1997 this year. The national theme for this NAIDOC week is 'GURINDJI, MABO, WIK - Three Strikes for Justice. Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum'.
Activities occurring this year include the NAIDOC Art Award, the NAIDOC Ball, presentation of general NAIDOC awards (categories are Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander Person of the Year, Youth of the Year, Sportsperson of the Year, Scholar of the Year, Apprentice of the Year, Elder of the Year (male and female categories), Artist of the Year, and Miss NAIDOC), as well as many regional events.
For further information, contact:
Office of Public Affairs
PO Box 17
WODEN ACT 2606
Phone: (06) 289 3450
Fax: (06) 282 2854
The National Aboriginal History and Heritage Council (the NAHHC) has advised that the Cypress-Hellene Club has lodged a development application to construct a 35 storey residential tower on the site of 'Day of Mourning' building. The building, located at 150-152 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, was the site of the first Australian Indigenous civil rights protest, the 'National Day of Mourning', held on 26 January 1938.
The NAHHC appeals to individuals and organisations to lodge submissions opposing redevelopment of this site. Grounds on which the NAHHC opposes the development include the historic importance of the building to all Australians, its importance as a symbol of reconciliation and social justice, and its particular significance to indigenous Australians. Objections should be lodged as early as possible (preferably before 13 June 1997) to the following two addresses:
Heritage Council of NSW File No 91/02004/4
L 17, Governor Macquarie Tower 1 Farrer Place
SYDNEY NSW 2000
Gail Connolly Sydney City Council File No Z97-00296 GPO Box 1591 SYDNEY NSW 2001
For further information, contact
Gisele or Brenda on:
Phone: (02) 9212 5275, (02) 9955 5660, or (02) 9399 9850.
The June 1997 edition of the newsletter Forum is entitled Wik - The Aftermath and Implications. It contains seven topical articles on the Wik debate. Contributors include Bryan Keon-Cohen, Garth Nettheim, Richard Bartlett, Daniel Gal, Mark Love, Simeon Beckett and Doug Young. Subscribers to the UNSW Law Journal will receive their copies of Forum in the next few weeks. Additional copies are available upon request for $10. Contact:
UNSW Law Journal
University of NSW
SYDNEY NSW 2052
Phone: (02) 9385 2237
Fax: (02) 9385 1175
A summit to be held from 24 June 1997 at Tenant Creek in the Northern Territory will attempt to formulate a response to the Federal Government's 10 point plan approach to the High Court's Wik decision. The summit has been organised by the Northern Territory's Local Government Association. Key stakeholders invited to attend the summit include Mr Gatjil Djerrkura, the Chair of ATSIC, the National Native Title Tribunal, and the Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association.
The President of the Northern Territory Local Government Association, Mr Peter Kavanagh, stated that many of the implications of the 10 point plan remain mysterious, particularly for the Northern Territory. It is hoped the summit will assist stakeholder to clarify the important issues.