Posts Tagged ‘bush law documentary

Community leader calls for spearing

Jan 02, 2010 | Discuss

Community leader calls for spearing

The council chairman of the Laramba community just north of Alice Springs says a spearing is the only way to stop escalating violence and menace in the wake of the murder of two men at the community just before Christmas, reports PAUL TOOHEY in the Northern Territory News. Late last year a forum at the Araluen Arts Complex in Alice Springs called for Australian governments to recognise tradiitonal law. It followed the screening of a documentary called Bush law, made by Alice Springs lawyer Danie...Read more

Should Customary Law be recognized by the courts?

Dec 22, 2009 | 10 Comments

Should Customary Law be recognized by the courts?

By Dave Price I once asked an old Warlpiri man from Yuendumu, who’d worked as a police tracker for many years, why there were so many young Aboriginal blokes locked up in the Alice Springs jail. He answered; “There’s yapa (Aboriginal law) here,” indicating with his raised right hand, “and there’s kardiya (whitefella law) here,” raising his left hand. “Those young fellas are running around in the middle. They don’t know.” This same old man’s response to a member of the parol...Read more

Bush law: the forum

Nov 28, 2009 | 4 Comments

Danielle Loy’s film Bush Law presents the passionately held views of a group of senior men from the community of Lajamanu who are calling for the recognition of Aboriginal customary law. It was screened for the first time at the Araluen Arts Centre in Alice Springs in November this year and has already provoked some intense discussion in Alice Springs media. Alice Online filmed the forum....Read more

Is Bush Law the answer?

Nov 16, 2009 | 1 Comment

Is Bush Law the answer?

“Despite the countless government initiatives and billions of dollars invested in attempting to reduce it, crime in the Northern Territory Aboriginal population is at an all-time high. This is because there are two legal systems. One of them is 40,000 years old. The other is 200 years old and has been imposed without consultation or respect. Whilst only mainstream Australian law is legally recognised, the simple truth is that Aboriginal people living in remote Australia pay more attention to A...Read more