Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander

Statement on the Voice to Parliament

28 Jul 2023

Statement on the Voice to Parliament

​ The ACT Law Society Council (Council) accepts the invitation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, which includes the call for the constitutionally enshrined Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament.

Statement on raising the age of criminal responsibility

8 May 2023

Statement on raising the age of criminal responsibility

The ACT Law Society is pleased that the ACT will soon become the first Australian jurisdiction to raise the age of criminal responsibility, keeping children out of the prison system. However, we are concerned that the proposed changes do not go far enough to bring us into line with United Nations standards.

50 years after the Gove land rights judgment

5 Jul 2021

50 years after the Gove land rights judgment

The 2021 Blackburn Lecture, delivered by Graeme Neate AM, President of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Working with indigenous clients

1 Jan 2021

Working with indigenous clients

Practical information for solicitors to effectively meet their professional obligations when providing assistance to First Nations clients.

Law Society signs open letter calling on ACT Government to stop imprisoning children

23 Jul 2020

Law Society signs open letter calling on ACT Government to stop imprisoning children

The ACT Law Society has joined with a collective of service delivery, human rights, legal, and representative organisations to call on the ACT Government to raise the age of criminal responsibility in the territory.

Housing is a human right: Aboriginal children and overcrowding

8 Dec 2019

Housing is a human right: Aboriginal children and overcrowding

This is the second article in a series on the right to safe, secure housing prepared by Canberra Community Law. It is written from the point of view of the lawyers working for the Dhurrawang Aboriginal Human Rights Program. From the Summer 2019 edition of Ethos.

ACT Law Society affirms commitment to reconciliation

25 May 2018

ACT Law Society affirms commitment to reconciliation

The President took the opportunity afforded by the upcoming Reconciliation Day public holiday to reaffirm the Society’s commitment to the national reconciliation movement.

Hicks and the Geneva Convention, Hindmarsh and the Native Title

17 May 2005

Hicks and the Geneva Convention, Hindmarsh and the Native Title

The 2005 Blackburn Lecture, delivered by Stephen Kenny, lawyer for David Hicks, a Guantanamo Bay detainee.

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