Frameworks for Including Indigenous Issues in Torts: Stolen Generations Case Study

Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning (Research Unit) University of Technology, Sydney
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Ngiya: Talk the Law, 2012, 4 pp. 30 - 45
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Tort Law subjects are well-known for their novel cases; snails in bottles,2 ricocheting firecrackers3 and hundreds of thousands of dollars found in a household cupboard.4 These negligence and trespass cases push the boundaries of precedent, and are critical for understanding the opportunities that tort law provides. However, tort law is constantly opening up new avenues, including breach of statutory duty5 and misfeasance in public office. Stolen Generations litigation pushes some of these doctrinal boundaries. It signifies the potential for tort law to provide remedies for historical wrongs by the state. Stolen Generations cases also reveal how tort law provides not only compensation for physical and psychological harm but also for cultural loss. They reveal the unique loss that Indigenous people suffer at the hands of paternalist policy.
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