Michael Dodson, former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, and chair of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies:
'The law can only give full respect to Indigenous peoples' property rights by recognising the context in which our rights arise. They arise because of the existence of our system of laws and customs. The common law system of property cannot accommodate our rights without understanding and acknowledging that they are embedded in Indigenous systems.'
Keywords: Common Law, cultural preservation, custom, Dodson, Michael, indigenous people, 1995
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Native Title Report July - June 1995, AGPS 1995, p. 15. Still: Michael Dodson. Courtesy of Walking Together, Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, November, 1998.
Author: Strelein, Lisa
Source: Dodson, Michael