Access to Justice for Aboriginal People in the Northern Territory

Australian Journal of Social Issues, Forthcoming.

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2014-22

21 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2014 Last revised: 1 May 2015

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Chris Cunneen

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney; University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences; James Cook University - Cairns Campus

Fiona Allison

James Cook University - Cairns Campus

Melanie Schwartz

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

The article discusses research in the Northern Territory on Aboriginal civil and family law needs. It is based on focus group discussions and interviews with legal services providers and other associated organisations. The article argues that key areas of legal need involve discrimination, housing, child protection, social security, credit/debt and consumer law problems. The article argues that welfare conditionality, particularly as embodied in the NT Intervention and subsequent Stronger Futures policies, has exacerbated the need for legal assistance and advocacy for Aboriginal people.

Keywords: Access to justice, Aboriginal people, Welfare conditionality

Suggested Citation

Cunneen, Chris and Allison, Fiona and Schwartz, Melanie, Access to Justice for Aboriginal People in the Northern Territory (2014). Australian Journal of Social Issues, Forthcoming.; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2014-22. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2411866

Chris Cunneen (Contact Author)

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney ( email )

15 Broadway, Ultimo
PO Box 123
Sydney, NSW 2007
Australia

University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

James Cook University - Cairns Campus ( email )

PO Box 6811
Cairns, Queensland 4870
Australia

Fiona Allison

James Cook University - Cairns Campus ( email )

Cairns, Queensland 4870
Australia

Melanie Schwartz

University of New South Wales (UNSW) ( email )

Kensington
High St
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

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