Aboriginal justice issues


This collection of conference papers focuses on identifying problems and solutions associated with Aboriginal people and the criminal justice system. Topics discussed include community crime prevention, Aboriginal and police relations, juvenile justice, the judiciary, Aboriginal women and the law, corrections, and the media. Recommendations from the conference cover: practical steps towards sovereignty and Royal Commission recommendations; indigenous women; juvenile justice; policing; corrections; and the courts.

Proceedings of a conference held 23-25 June 1992


  • List of contributors
  • Preface
  • Opening address

    Rob Hulls
  • Law reform and the road to independence

    Michael Mansell

Community crime prevention

  • A community development approach to crime prevention in Aboriginal communities

    Barbara Miller
  • Crime prevention strategy for Aboriginal communities

    Rebecca Tonkin
  • Mediation within Aboriginal communities: issues and challenges

    Marg O'Donnell
  • Mwerre Anetyeke Mparntwele (sitting down good in Alice Springs): a project by Tangentyere Council

    Paul Memmott and staff of Tangentyere Council

Aboriginal / police relations

  • Queensland Police Service Aboriginal / police relations

    Terry Tyler and Dianne Jeans
  • Developing police understanding of Aboriginal issues

    Cherie Imlah
  • Julalikari Council's Community Night Patrol

    Dave Curtis

Juvenile justice

  • The Commonwealth's responsibility for Aboriginal young offenders

    Chris Sidoti
  • Developing community initiatives in juvenile justice

    Evelynn Crawford-Maher
  • Juvenile offending in Aurukun: a response and overview

    Allan John Carter

The judiciary

  • Judicial racism

    Chris Cunneen
  • Aboriginal people and the courts

    Lionel Fraser
  • What is obscene - the language or the arrest that follows?

    Kathryn Pirie and Sheryl Cornack
  • The north west court circuit (Pitjantjatjara Lands): a personal perspective

    Garry Hiskey

Aboriginal women and the law

  • Aboriginal women and the law

    Carol Thomas and Joanne Selfe
  • A women's refuge for Bourke: a community initiative

    Esther Alvares


  • The Dooligar Justice Centre: post-Royal Commission response to Aboriginal correctional issues

    Reg Blow
  • The evolution of a consultative approach to corrections on Aboriginal communities

    Angela Musumeci

The media

  • Aboriginal people and the media - reporting Aboriginal affairs

    Diana Plater
  • Closing remarks

    Michael Mansell
  • Recommendations: practical steps toward sovereignty and Royal Commission recommendations