...We have kept our laws and cultures...
Michael Dodson, former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and chair of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies:
'If the existence of the laws of Indigenous Australians depended on active government recognition, they would not exist. We have kept our laws and cultures. Given the almost total vacuum of government initiative ... [T]he maintenance of our laws and cultures is likely to remain a matter purely for us.'
Keywords: aboriginal law, cultural preservation, Dodson, Michael, 1995
Customary law and human rights, Proceedings of the Indigenous Customary Law Forum, 18 October 1995, AGPS Canberra, 1996, p. 52. Still: Michael Dodson. Courtesy of Walking Together, Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, November, 1998.
Author: Strelein, Lisa
Source: Dodson, Michael