13 October 2000
The Customs House, Newcastle, Australia
This one-day symposium will address the present difficulties of reconciling indigenous cultures in Australia and Fiji with cultural assumptions about law and governance derived from the Anglo-American historical experience. The practical intention is to bring together academics, lawyers, and community representatives to discuss two issues in tandem: the present campaign among representatives of the Australian aboriginal community for a 'treaty' which recognises their rights and cultures; and the ongoing difficulties of representing the indigenous and Indian communities in Fiji within the constraints of a western-style constitution. Comparing and contrasting these contemporary problems within the broad contexts of historical and constitutional experiences in the Pacific and in Britain and North America will stimulate suggestions for more informed constitutional policy in Australia, and promote significant inter-disciplinary academic discourse. The symposium will also serve as a forum for community participation and perspectives in the discussion of complex and important contemporary national issues.
The symposium will consist of five sessions organised around four key speakers.
ˇDr. Bill Jonas (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner)
ˇProfessor Brij Lal (Centre for the Contemporary Pacific, ANU)
ˇBryan Keon-Cohen QC
ˇProfessor Alan Ward (Department of History, University of Newcastle, and contract historian to the Waitangi Tribunal)
David Lemmings Katherine Lindsay
Department of History Faculty of Law
University of Newcastle University of Newcastle
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