The home of Mabo v Queensland (No 2)  HCA 23—Mer—in the Torres Strait is surrounded by water; the sea is integral to Torres Strait Islander life and livelihood. While Mabo upheld rights to the land, it took another 21 years to gain rights to the sea surrounding Mer in the case of Akiba v Commonwealth  HCA 33.
The new database, which provides free access to important legal materials relating to Indigenous issues, is the result of a joint project of the ILC and AustLII, the Australasian Legal Information Institute.
Many Australian’s watched on in horror from their living rooms as the ABC’s Four Corners program revealed systemic abuse suffered by children as young as ten years old in juvenile detention centres in the Northern Territory. Of particular concern to Indigenous and non-Indigenous viewers alike was Four Corners’ appalling footage which showed aboriginal children being gassed, stripped and assaulted by staff at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre.
Our very own ILC intern Lucinda Stewart won the First Peoples Mooting final on Friday evening the 5th August, at the Supreme Court. Justice Fullerton was full of praise for Lucinda's unflappable temperament. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Lucinda on her achievement.