Indigenous Law Bulletin
Kingsford Legal Centre (NSW) is in the process of producing the first Australian guide to Indigenous legal education. The project aim is to produce a guide which will provide information to law faculties and students regarding the varying approaches to Indigenous legal education. Distribution will begin in November.
The Victorian Government has become the first Australian State to pass a constitutional amendment bill recognising Indigenous people as the original custodians of the State’s land. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mr Tom Calma, congratulated the Victorian Government. He acknowledged that the amendment did not result in legal rights, but believed that recognition was an important step and called for the gesture to be translated into concrete results.
The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Dr Andrew Refshauge, has announced a review of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (‘the Act’) in New South Wales. The 1983 Act represented the first significant attempt by a government in NSW to rectify the effects of dispossession of Aboriginal peoples in Australia. The review is intended to establish the context in which the Act was created, what the original intentions of the legislation were, how the current system approaches these issues and in what ways the system could be improved. A website <www.alc.org.au/news/alra/index.htm> has been established containing background information and through which it is possible to provide feedback (email email@example.com). Written submissions can be sent to NSWALC ALRA Review Manager, PO Box 1125, Parramatta, NSW 2124. Consultation workshops will be held across the state over a two to three month period and amendments to the legislation are expected to be drafted for next year.
 Department of Aboriginal Affairs, Background Paper, Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW) <www.alc.org.au/news/alra/index.htm>.