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  • A vital Indigenous perspective on colonial storytelling. Aboriginal lawyer, writer and filmmaker Larissa Behrendt has long been fascinated by the story of Eliza Fraser, who was purportedly captured by the Butchulla people after she was shipwrecked on their island off the Queensland coast in 1836. In this deeply personal book, Behrendt uses…

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  • Candice is a young woman setting out on her first visit to the traditional land of her Aboriginal grandmother. When she arrives at the ‘place where the two rivers meet’, the twentieth century falls away and the story of Candice’s family comes to life. Here in 1918, her grandmother Garibooli was taken…

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  • Simone Harlowe is young and clever, an Aboriginial lawyer straddling two lives and two cultures while studying at Harvard. Her family life back in Sydney is defined by her complex relationship with her father, Tony, a prominent Aboriginal rights activist. As Simone juggles the challenges of a modern woman’s life – career,…

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  • When Sophie’s twin brother Simon gives in to peer pressure and breaks the law, she is desperate to help him. Can she combine her nan’s traditional knowledge with the lessons of modern Australian law, and point Simon in a better direction? Maybe Nan was telling them that sisters—and brothers—should look after and…

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  • With Chris Cunneen and Terri Libesman Indigenous Legal Relations in Australia is a comprehensive and clearly argued text designed to suit the needs of Law and Indigenous Studies students. An integrated series of chapters, utilising case studies and questions to develop arguments on specific issues, this text studies the issues surrounding Indigenous…

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  • What is The Dreaming? How many different Indigenous tribes and languages once existed in Australia? What is the purpose of a corroboree? What effect do the events of the past have on Indigenous peoples today? Indigenous Australia For Dummies answers these questions and countless others about the oldest race on Earth. It…

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  • Written by Christine Olsen and directed by Phillip Noyce, Rabbit-Proof Fence tells the story of Doris Pilkington’s mother, the then fourteen-year-old Molly Craig, her sister Daisy, aged eight, and cousin Gracie, aged eleven, who were all forcibly removed from their families at Jigalong in the Pilbara region of Western Australia in 1931….

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  • Larissa Behrendt attacks the chasm which has grown between Indigenous lives and aspirations in Australia, and the psychological terra nullius which continues, despite Mabo, to pervade so much of Australia’s mythology and policy. She proposes longer term, aspirational initiatives leading to institutional change that will facilitate greater rights protection and the exercise…

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  • With Sean Brennan, Lisa Strelein and George Williams Australia’s first peoples are on the lowest rung of Australian society and are largely locked out of the wealth of a very affluent country. This book takes a fresh, practical look at whether modern treaty-making between Indigenous peoples and government in Australia is feasible…

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  • With Tracey Lindberg, Robert J Miller, Jacinta Ruru This book presents new material and shines fresh light on the under-explored historical and legal evidence about the use of the doctrine of discovery in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. North America, New Zealand and Australia were colonised by England under…

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