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Indigenous Community Governance in Queensland 1984-2000

This 2001 article by Michael Limerick published in the Indigenous Law Bulletin reviews the developments in Indigenous community governance in Queensland since the passage of the Community Services (Aborigines) Act 1984 and the Community Services (Torres Strait) Act 1984 and distills some of the lessons of this experience as guidance for the current review of the Community Services Acts. Following reported dissatisfaction with the Community Services legislation, a Legislation Review Committee (LRC) was formed from five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Representatives to consult with the community on the effectiveness and impact of the legislation.

Recommendations of the LRC included a framework for self-government in Indigenous communities in the State. Rejected by the State, an ‘Alternative Governing Structures Program’ was proposed by the Government. First piloted in Aurukun, this article looks at the roll-out of the program across Queensland in the mid-1990s. Indigenous Law Bulletin, 5 (5), 4 (2001).

Resource Link: www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/ILB/2001/1.html

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