Unresolved Tensions: Warlpiri Law, Police Powers and Land Rights

Indigenous Law Centre
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Indigenous Law Bulletin, 2008, 7 (5), pp. 9 - 18
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This article explores the powerlessness of Indigenous people when confronted with police on ceremonial land. It draws on a recent incident in Lajamanu (northern Tanami Desert, Northern Territory ('NT')) that highlights the conflict between Indigenous and non-Indigenous laws. The incident involved an intrusion on a restricted Warlpiri ceremony ground by non-Indigenous police officers, including a female officer.
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