Tag: Indigenous Rights

  • ‘Dollar Dave’ and the Reserve Bank: a tale of art, theft and human rights

    ‘Dollar Dave’ and the Reserve Bank: a tale of art, theft and human rights

    By Stephen Gray This year marks the 50th anniversary of Changeover day: when Australia swapped from pounds to the new decmal currency. But the “C” in Changeover day might equally stand for Copyright day, for it marks the first Aboriginal copyright dispute. In February 1966, Adelaide’s Advertiser newspaper revealed that the Reserve Bank had not sought […]

  • On the ground at Australia’s Universal Periodic Review

    On the ground at Australia’s Universal Periodic Review

    While Australia accepted the vast majority of the recommendations from the 2011 UPR…only 10% have been fully implemented.

  • Joint Statement of Support for Adam Goodes

    Today, a coalition of organisations has endorsed a statement in support of Sydney Swans player and former Australian of the Year Adam Goodes. The statement was prepared by the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, the Australian Human Rights Commission and ANTaR. The Castan Centre is proud to be one of the endorsing organisations. The full text […]

  • The 2015 Human Rights Report – Going to jail for not having a birth certificate? It happens

    By Paula Gerber and Melissa Castan This article is featured in the 2015 Castan Centre Human Rights Report. We will be featuring the articles on the blog throughout the month of May.  It is well known that millions of children around the world never have their births registered. UNICEF puts the total number of unregistered births at 230 […]

  • The 2015 Human Rights Report – Indigenous Rights 2014/5: Death by a Thousand Paper Cuts?

    By Stephen Gray and Melissa Castan This piece is featured in the 2015 Castan Centre Human Rights Report. We will be featuring the articles on the blog throughout the month of May.  In the past twelve months, Australian Indigenous affairs have witnessed three so-called ‘developments’: more weighty and bewildering government reports; more unsuccessful test cases brought by […]

  • It’s time to modernise Australia’s birth registration system

    Making the birth registration system more accessible and user-friendly would help to address low rates of birth registration.

  • 2014 Castan Human Rights Report: Indigenous rights – hastening too slowly

    By Melissa Castan and Stephen Gray In 2013 the then opposition leader, Tony Abbott, announced that if elected he would be the ‘Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs’, raising hopes that law reform and better human rights protection for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples would be central to the government’s agenda. To some extent, they […]

  • Queensland’s voter ID laws likely to disenfranchise Indigenous Australians

    By Marius Smith Proposed new “voter ID” laws in Queensland are likely to prevent some Indigenous Australians from exercising their right to vote, according to a new submission to Queensland’s Parliament by our Deputy Director Paula Gerber. The new law – which will require all voters to produce proof of identity at polling booths – […]

  • Prisons – Help or Hindrance?

    By Adam Fletcher Prisons are rarely out of the news – just this month there has been talk of establishing a separate one for bikie gang members in Queensland where inmates would be confined for 23 hours a day. Clearly, such an initiative is based on the popular theory that more and tougher prisons will […]

  • Closing the Referendum gap

    The Federal Government today introduced the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill 2012 into Parliament, with Minister Macklin asserting that this will be an “important step towards recognising Indigenous people in Australia’s Constitution” and “an opportunity for Parliament to show its support and commitment to constitutional recognition of Australia’s First Peoples”. This bill is the […]

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