University of New South Wales Faculty of Law Research Series
Last Updated: 8 February 2013
About the Condition of Aborigines in Australia (A propos de la Condition des Aborigines d'Australie)
Chris Cunneen, University of New South Wales
This paper is available for download at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2196705
This paper was published in in S.P. Dassonville (ed). 2012. LE STATUT DES PEUPLES AUTOCHONES. Paris: Karthala, pp. 161-165. This paper may also be referenced as  UNSWLRS 3. This paper may also be referenced as  UNSWLRS 3.
This paper examines the case of Lex Wotton, an Australian Aboriginal activist convicted of riot on Palm Island, and subsequently prevented from speaking publicly. The paper more generally considers the ways in which the Commonwealth of Australia, a constitutional democracy built on the rule of law, actively silences its poorest and most marginalised people, and denies Aboriginal peoples even the right to speak freely.