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Title: Aboriginal legal aid funding: discriminatory policy or a failure of federalism?
Authors: Robbins, Elizabeth Jane
Keywords: Indigenous peoples
Human rights
Racial discrimination
Government policy
Legal aid
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales
Citation: Robbins, E.J., 2009. Aboriginal legal aid funding: discriminatory policy or a failure of federalism? Indigenous Law Bulletin, 7(10), 15-18.
Abstract: Australia’s federal system of government poses some difficulty in relation to compliance with obligations under international instruments, notwithstanding the Commonwealth’s unequivocal powers on external affairs in the Australian Constitution. It is the Commonwealth Government that is a signatory to international agreements and treaties, but this does not necessarily mean that it administers the relevant policy field domestically. In practice, the complex and multi-faceted relationships between Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments make the political dimensions of the federal relationship as important as the legal arrangements. The Commonwealth Government does not always have unambiguous control over a given policy issue.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2328/26046
ISSN: 1328-5475
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