Publication Details

E. Marchetti, 'Access to justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people' (Paper presented at the 15th National Family Law Conference, Hobart, Tasmania, 14-17 October).

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The National Family Law Conference, being held from 14-17 October 2012, is one of Australia’s largest and most prestigious legal professional development events. It is attended by hundreds of specialist family law barristers and solicitors who take back to their firms and chambers the knowledge and experiences that accrue during 3 days of concentrated sessions and meetings. In addition the conference attracts judicial officers and senior staff from Australia’s family courts, representatives of important non government organisations, and key personnel from federal government agencies and departments.


I would firstly like to pay respect to the traditional and original owners of this land the Mouheneenner people - to pay respect to those that have passed before us and to acknowledge today’s Tasmanian Aboriginal community who are the custodians of this land.

There is a preference these days for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be referred to separately rather than under the umbrella term of ‘Indigenous’ and I will try and honour that preference as much as I can. However, in some circumstances I will be using the term ‘Indigenous’ because it better suits the content of the material or because I am referring to specific organisations or professional groups.