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Law in Context

Abstract from Volume 27 No 2 (2009) Indigenous Australians and the Commonwealth Intervention

Giving Back the Space Freedom, Meaning and the Northern Territory Intervention

Dr Jonathan Crowe is a Senior Lecturer in the TC Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland and is a Fellow of the University of Queensland’s Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law.

The focus of this article is on one set of laws in particular: the Commonwealth laws that make up the package widely known as the Intervention.1 These laws famously introduced a range of measures impacting on Indigenous communities in the NT, including new restrictions on alcohol and pornography; compulsory acquisition of leases and increased government control over communal Indigenous land; increased policing; and quarantining of welfare benefits.

(2009) 27(2) Law in Context 135

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