February 2004 Volume 5, Issue 30

This edition looks at a number of current legislative and policy developments impacting on the legal rights of Indigenous peoples. Megan Davis writes the feature article on the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement and the potential impact this agreement will have on Indigenous Australia. The right to adequate protection of intellectual property of Indigenous people is at risk according to one article on a recent Bill, while another article looks at reforms to the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act. Two casenotes examine recent native title determinations, one made according to commonwealth native title legislation and the other a decision of South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal (upheld by the Constitutional Court) which took influence from Mabo. The suggested impact of proposed parental responsibility orders is discussed and Professor Garth Nettheim reviews "Indigenous Human Rights", a collection of papers from the 2000 Australian Indigenous Human Rights Conference. News & Updates and Recent Happenings remain regular features.

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News and Updates     

Mapoon Alcohol Management Plan Abandoned
by Jacqui Houston

Reform of the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976
by Toni Matulick

Book Review

Indigenous Human Rights
Reviewed by Professor Garth Nettheim

Law Alert     

Indigenous Communal Moral Rights: The Utility of an Ineffective Law
by Jane Anderson

The WA Proposed Parental Responsibility Contracts and Orders: An Analysis of Their Impact on Indigenous Families
by Tonia Brajcich


De Rose v State of South Australia
by Libby Gunn

The Foundations of Aboriginal Title in South Africa? The Richtersveld Community v Alexkor Ltd Decisions
by Stephanie Patterson


Indigenous Australia and the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement
by Megan Davis


Recent Happenings

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