Journal article

A Commonwealth repatriation odyssey


Aboriginal Law Bulletin | Aboriginal Law Centre, Faculty of Law, UNSW | Published : 1997


Over the past thirty years, the Commonwealth has had the Constitutional authority to introduce national legislation for the repatriation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestral remains and cultural property. Yet despite ratifying a number of international instruments which specifically address this matter, the Commonwealth is yet to formulate a national repatriation policy, let alone enact national legislation. This absence of a `blanket coverage' national policy effectively denies the right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to have many of their ancestors' remains repatriated to their home lands. This has created tremendous discontent within the Aboriginal comm..

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