Law

Anderson: Cuts to Aboriginal Legal Aid budget deny natural justice and rights of appeal

The recent cuts by the Commonwealth government to the Aboriginal Legal Aid budget demonstrate the need for Aboriginal people to change the way they do business with governments.

These cuts to legal aid will also deny people of their natural legal right to appeal severity of sentencing and to appeal the facts presented by police, etc. There will be others who will no longer have access to the Court of Criminal Appeal from within prison. The underfunded pilot diversionary programs being introduced are no substitute for natural justice. Read more about Anderson: Cuts to Aboriginal Legal Aid budget deny natural justice and rights of appeal

Aboriginal Law must sit on top of whiteman's law, because 'our Law is the Law of this land'


Lawman Murray George (APY)
Pitjantjatara/Yankunytjatjara

The Sovereign Union Gathering of Nations in Canberra on 23-24 November 2013 raised the bar higher for the political agenda, than at any other time in the Aboriginal struggle.

This was confirmed when senior Lawman Harry Nelson presented the Gathering of Nations with his most sacred Law symbol that he had brought from his Country, where it was united with the sacred Law symbol of the Euahlayi Nation.

As Murray George said at the beginning, Aboriginal Law must sit on top of whiteman's law, because our Law is the Law of this land. Read more about Aboriginal Law must sit on top of whiteman's law, because 'our Law is the Law of this land'

Michael Anderson challenges Professor and Attorney-general to publicly debate sovereigny

Michael Anderson, Convenor of the Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia said today: "A recent comment made by one of Australia's leading constitutional lawyers, Prof George Williams, demonstrates the incapacities on non-Aboriginal legal experts to see beyond the legal system that they are sworn to serve and uphold.

"Clearly Prof Williams lacks objectivity in his radio interview with The Wire, because his teachings and his practice focus primarily on the system that affords him his status in his society, which is the same society that seeks to steal our patrimony, citizenship and usurp our sovereignty without any legal foundation. Read more about Michael Anderson challenges Professor and Attorney-general to publicly debate sovereigny

Don't sign your sovereign rights away with ILUAs

Michael Anderson, spokeperson for Sovereign Union warns Aboriginal and Torres Strait people against signing Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUA), saying they cede their sovereignty for a few crumbs if they do.

"In Australia we have reached a very important time in our history. We must come together as distinct sovereign nations to jointly locate a national perspective on our sovereign rights," he writes. Read more about Don't sign your sovereign rights away with ILUAs

A fight against paying rates on ancient homelands

Both the Euahlayi and the Murrawarri Nations have joined in a combined effort to fight against paying rates on their ancient homelands.

This is an issue that has arisen as a consequence of the Brewarrina Shire Council seeking payment of rates for services on their ancient homelands.

The matter is beyond the scope and jurisdiction of the State courts so the Federal Attorney-General will now consult with the State and Territory Attorneys-General. Read more about A fight against paying rates on ancient homelands

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