Posts Tagged ‘traditional law

Six years for stabbing

Feb 28, 2012 | Discuss

Six years for stabbing

A 23-year-old man, Nathaniel Sims,  has been sentenced to six years’ imprisonment for the stabbing death of a Yuendumu man in Alice Springs in 2010, reports ABC radio news. Kwementyaye Watson died after a fight involving several men at Warlpiri Camp, during which he was stabbed in the leg. His death sparked calls for tribal punishment and riots in Yuendumu, which led to many residents evacuating the town. According to the report, Sims, who was charged with manslaughter, will be eligible ...Read more

“Payback with violence must end”: magistrate

Dec 03, 2010 | Discuss

"Payback with violence must end": magistrate

An Alice Springs magistrate has declared “the days of payback with violence must end”, while sentencing ten people to jail for their parts in two riots at Yuendumu, reports Sarah Aitken in today’s Centralian Advocate. Aitkens reported that magistrate David Bamber called on Warlpiri elders at the community to change their law and work out ways to deal with violence rather than encouraging it. Those Mr Bamber sentenced to jail included the mother, father, two brothers and uncle o...Read more

Traditional law: more discussion

Nov 22, 2010 | Discuss

Traditional law: more discussion

It looks like we may finally be seeing a meaningful discussion on traditional Aboriginal law and what place it might have in the Northern Territory of 2010. Unfortunately it seems to be happening too late to prevent further violence in the feuding Central Australian community of Yuendumu. Last year Alice Springs film-maker Danielle Loy launched a documentary called Bush Law , based on the opinions of senior men from the Northern Territory community of Lajamanu who have been calling for mainstrea...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