In 1967, Australia voted 'yes' to equality and justice for Aboriginals, but the fatal shooting of an Aboriginal man in Laverton in 1969 demonstrated how much further there was to go. From the early 1970s, the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia has been influential in national campaigns to address the legacies of dispossession and human rights abuses. It continues to play a central role in advocating for measures to address Aboriginal deaths in custody, land rights, and the stolen generations. As a lively and multi-dimensional account, this book shows the human face of some of the Australia's major social, political, and legal reforms during the last four decades. It is the story of individuals determined to protect and defend the human rights of Aboriginal people whose rights have been routinely abused. Engaging and sometimes dramatic, this is more than simply an educational resource. It is an important contribution to histories of social justice, law reform, and Indigenous affairs, woven with oral history accounts. Justice: A History of the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia offers a distinctive insight into the collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
Publication Date: 12/15/2011