Indigenous peoples rights

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In recent years, increasing awareness of exploitation of indigenous culture and intellectual property has led to recognition of the need for more effective protection of indigenous rights in Australia. Aborigines, the indigenous people of Australia, are severely disadvantaged in terms of poverty, poor health, over-representation in the prisons, employment opportunity, and housing. There have been many reports, inquires and decisions about the need for more effective protection for indigenous culture. Although there has been relatively little progress in providing better protection, a number of recent developments have increased momentum. The Mabo decision and Native Title Act, 1993 established a basis for the recognition of the Aboriginal People's special attachments to Australia. The judgment found that a native title to land existed in 1788 and may continue to exist provided it has not been extinguished by subse Continue...

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Their life circumstances are often a shock to those who have not seen them before and for those familiar with them the problems can seem intractable. Despite full citizenship, the expenditure of much money and effort and twenty-five years of benign government policies, the material circumstances of many Aboriginal people have remained poor by all the standard social indicators. All Australians have a right, as citizens, to decent, affordable housing and associated services-that is water, power, sewerage, waste removal and other related services. Another problem facing Aborigines is the quality of housing. BIBLIOGRAPHY INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S RIGHTS: THE ABORIGINES OF AUSTRALIA . Overcrowding leads to faster deterioration of housing and exacerbates environmental health problems. In many areas where substandard housing exists, contaminated drinking and washing water, poor sanitation and unsafe housing are major factors associated with preventable illness and high morbidity rates. Indigenous incomes are approximately two-thirds the Australian average. Lack of jobs and low incomes leads to crime. The Act gives Aboriginal traditional owners certain controls over use of their land including a veto on mineral exploration. quent acts of government and provided Aborigines continue to observe their traditional laws and customs. Next highest is Western Australia with Aboriginal People making up 33. The Act has resulted in approximately forty-two percent of the territory becoming Aboriginal in perpetuity under inalienable freehold title. Aboriginal people are the most disadvantaged identifiable group within Australian society.


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