Indigenous rights declaration just the start

14 April 2009

Australia's endorsement of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, announced recently, comes in the midst of a number of United Nations Committee criticisms on Australia's record on Indigenous rights.

Dr Thalia Anthony believes that these criticisms point to Australia's failure to uphold Indigenous people's human rights and rights to equality and non-discrimination.

Speaking on ABC Online, Dr Anthony points out that the criticism has been directed primarily towards the Government's policy on the Northern Territory intervention. Despite such criticism, the Government has maintained its stance on the intervention. Is the endorsement of the Declaration, then, simply another act of symbolism or will it pave the way for change?

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