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Professor Larissa Behrendt

Larissa Behrendt

Professor, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning

LLB/B.Juris (UNSW), LLM (Harvard), SJD (Harvard)

Email: Larissa.Behrendt@uts.edu.au
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Biography

Prof. Larissa Behrendt is a Eualeyai/Kamillaroi woman. She is the Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is admitted to the Supreme Court of the ACT and NSW as a barrister.

Larissa is a Land Commissioner at the Land and Environment Court and the Alternate Chair of the Serious Offenders Review Board, a member of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia and a founding member of the Australian Academy of Law. She is the Chair of the Humanities and Creative Arts panel of the Australian Research Council College of Experts.

She is the author of several books on Indigenous legal issues. She won the 2002 David Uniapon Award and a 2005 Commonwealth WriterÕs Prize for her novel Home. Her latest novel, Legacy, is due for release in October this year. Larissa is a Board Member of the Museum of Contemporary Art, a board member of Tranby Aboriginal College and a Director of the Bangarra Dance Theatre. She was named as 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year.

Professional

Latest Speeches/Papers
The Apology One Year on..., UTS. 13 February 2009.
UTS Speaks, March 19 2008
Shaping a nation: Visionary ledership in a time of fear and uncertainty, Ninth JCPML Anniversary Lecture, marking the 62nd anniversary of John Curtin's death, 5 July 2007.
Is Sorry Enough? December 2006

Speech at the Indigenous Labor Network Forum Wednesday 13th July 2005

Projects

Selected Peer-Assessed Projects

National Indigenous Research and Knowledge Network

National research study of the civil and family law needs of Indigenous people

Investigation of factors that render Indigenous communities in NSW less prone to crime

New ways of doing school: Mixing story and technology to generate innovative learning, social and cultural communities

Regional governance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities: the development of a legal framework and practical models to address discrimination and disadvantage

The applicability of research and practice on nation rebuilding in North American Indigenous communities to Australian Indigenous communities

A study to determine the relevance of allotment in the United States of America to Australian Indigenous lands

Investigation of factors that render Indigenous communities in NSW more or less prone to crime

Agreements, treaties and negotiated settlements with indigenous peoples in settler states: their role and relevance for indigenous and other Australians

Contract for services in relation to the provision of assistance to indigenous community persons or groups at Redfern to make submission to the Legislative Council Inquiry into issues ...

Public Law Implications of Treaty Between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (iATSIS) Treaty Research Project

Historical Experts and Indigenous Litigants: The role of Historical Expert Evidence in Federal Court Cases

Publications

Project reports

Behrendt, L.Y. & Vivian, A.M. 2010, 'Indigenous self-determination and the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities - a framework for discussion', State of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 1-32.
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The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities (the Charter) requires the Attorney-General to undertake a review of its first four years of operation and a report based on the review must then be tabled in parliament in October 2011. One of the specific issues that the review must address is whether the right to self-determination should be enshrined in the Charter

Conference papers

Boydell, S., Behrendt, L.Y., Goodall, H., Sankaran, S., Watson, N., Mangioni, V.J., McMillan, M.D. & McDermott, M.D. 2008, 'Sydney Restored: Aboriginal ownership of city spaces', Cities Nature Justice: dialogues for social sustainability in public spaces, a UTS Trans/forming cultures symposium, University of Technology, Sydney, December 2008 in Cities Nature Justice: Abstracts, ed Goodall, H., UTS : Trans/forming Cultures, http://www.transforming.cultures.uts.edu.au/news_events/CNJ_abstracts.html, pp. 1-1.
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Challenge Grant output, presented by Nicole Watson This paper explores an irredentist model of justice in the city, one in which Aboriginal title is taken as the superior property interest over Sydney. It reports on a trans-disciplinary UTS funded research initiative investigating the impact on the institutional landscape of a solution that prioritises the human and property rights of the indigenous population. Methodologically, this research adopts what Creswell and Tashakkori (2007) refer to as a paradigm perspective. The approach integrates an eclectic combination of research modes into history, law, social inquiry, theory, practice, and beliefs, with the attitudes of finance, finance providers, capital users and indigenous property owners. Such a dynamic trans-disciplinary engagement demands that the researchers discuss an overarching worldview (or several worldviews) that provide a philosophical foundation for mixed methods research. Building on the role of land in Aboriginal politics, we explore Native title and the interplay with freehold and leasehold models. Our model raises a range of issues for the contemporary commons. as well as conceptions of ownership when long leasehold interests replace freehold titles. Whilst in the short term, we suggest that there is no significant financial impact on those holding the new 99-year tenancies, a range of issues arise in respect of the reversionary interest including rights, obligations, and restrictions surrounding improvements on the land. We also highlight the complexity surrounding land tax and the role of the State in such a model.

Journal articles

Behrendt, L.Y. 2009, 'Home: The Importance Of Place To The Dispossessed', South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 108, no. 1, pp. 71-85.
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The concept of "home" is multifaceted and complex. This is especially so for Aboriginal people who are forcibly removed from their land, retain deep spiritual and cultural attachments to their traditional homes, but have been forced to create new communities. This essay looks at the concepts of home and place from a contemporary Aboriginal perspective. It looks at the way in which Aboriginal families have navigated assimilation policies such as the removal of Aboriginal children from their families and shows the impact on and legacy of such policies on Aboriginal people today. It includes personal reflections and analysis of some of the future implications for government policy relating to Aboriginal people in Australia.

Behrendt, L.Y. 2009, 'As good as it gets or as good as it could be?: benchmarking human rights in Australia [Friedlich Foundation Alice Tay Memorial Lecture on Law and Human Rights 2006 on 18 May 2006 at Old Parliament House, Australian National University.]', Balayi, vol. 10, no. Nov-2009, pp. 3-13.
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Sceptics have labelled human rights as a concept that is the luxury of c'lites. What is it that human rights can offer us in terms of improving the quality of life of the most marginalised within our cofirmunity? How do universal human rights offer a practical way of improving the rights of the most disadvantagedw ithin our cornmunity, particularlyA boriginal people?

Behrendt, L.Y. & Watson, N. 2008, 'A Response to Louis Nowra', The Alternative Law Journal, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 45-47.
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It is easyt o understandw hy it is that when non- Aboriginal people see images of crisis in Aboriginal I communities they are moved to do something.But sometimes those good intentions are not enough. In the samew ay the architects of the removal policy who thoughtt hat assimilation was in the best interests of Aboriginal children often did not see the tragic consequences so those they were trying to help, it can often be the case that attempts to help can do more harm than good.

Behrendt, L.Y. 2007, 'Reconciliation: Forty Years On', Australian Quarterly, vol. 79, no. 3, pp. 48-53.
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However sympathetic or unsympathetic a person might be to the idea of reconciliation, there is no hiding from the disparity in life chances and opportunities that lie in the socio-economic statistics that show that Aboriginal people continue to have poorer health, lower levels of education, higher levels of unemployment, poorer standards of housing and greater rates of incarceration. And it is impossible to argue that there is an even playing field when the life expectancy of Aboriginal people sits at 17 years less than that ofall other Australians. And while Indigenous disadvantageis one of the recurrent features of Indigenous communities across Australia, it is not the whole story.

Behrendt, L.Y. & Watson, N. 2007, 'Shifting Ground: Why Land Rights and native Title Have Not Delivered Social Justice', Journal of Indigenous Policy, vol. 8, pp. 94-102.
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Behrendt, L.Y. 2007, 'The 1967 Referendum: 40 years On', Australian Indigenous Law Review, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 12-16.
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On Australia Day in 1938 a group of Aboriginal people protested in front of Australia Hall after they were moved off the Town Hall steps. This small protest was the culmination of decades of activism by Indigenous communities and their leaders in the south east of Australia; leaders such as William Cooper and Fred Maynard, who had sought the same rights as all other Australians, especially in relation to their ability to own land, to access jobs and to accesse ducation and health services.

Behrendt, L.Y. 2007, 'The Mabo Lecture:The Long Path to Land Justice', Journal of Indigenous Policy, vol. 8, pp. 103-115.
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Kelly, L. & Behrendt, L.Y. 2007, 'Creating Conflict: Case Studies in the Tension Between native Title Claims and Land Rights Claims', Journal of Indigenous Policy, vol. 8, pp. 73-102.
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A land rights claim was placed on a particular parcel of land, including a small river. A successful claim will mean that the land is granted to the local Aboriginal land council (LALC). Membership of the LALC is based on an Aboriginal person's residence within the boundary of the LALC, or alternatively, based on that person's association with that area. Traditional connection to the land within the boundaries of the LALC is not required for membership. In this scenario, imagine that the majority of the membership of the LALC consists of Aboriginal people who do not have a traditional association ith the parcel of land.

Laing, N.C. & Behrendt, L.Y. 2007, 'Aboriginal Access to Civil Law Remedies', Precedent, vol. 2007, no. 82, pp. 16-19.

Reilly, A., Behrendt, L.Y., Williams, G., McCausland, R. & McMillan, M.D. 2007, 'The Promise of Regional Governance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities', Ngiya: Talk the Law, vol. 1, pp. 126-166.
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From the time the Whitlam Govemment introduced 'self-determination' as its policy framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, there have been many legislative versions of what this means in practice. This debate about how Indigenous people's interestsa nd needsc an be best representedin legislation has re-emerged after the Federal Government's announcement of the abolition of ATSIC and its Regional Councils.' Both Indigenous peoples and governments continue to struggle with the question of representation in the context of policy formulation, funding arrangements, accountability, regulation, service delivery and Indigenous peoples' human rights.

Behrendt, L.Y. 2006, 'What Lies Beneath', Meanjin, vol. 65, no. 1, pp. 4-12.
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Behrendt, L.Y. 2005, 'Law Stories and Life Stories: Aboriginal Women, the Law and Australian Society (2004 Clare Burton Memorial Lecture)', Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 20, no. 47, pp. 245-254.
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Behrendt, L.Y. 2005, 'Treaty And Health: It's Not Either/Or', Balayi: Culture, Law and Colonialism, vol. 7, pp. 154-156.

Behrendt, L.Y. 2003, 'It's broke so fix it: arguments for a bill of rights', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 135-150.
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This paper looks at the reasons why a Bill of Rights may be an attractive option for rights protection for Indigenous Australians and I want to start by saying that my views are personal; I am not claiming that they are reflective of the Indigenous community. I am going to structure my paper to answer one of the claims most often used against a Bill of Rights, namely, that the current system already allows for adequate rights protection. Put colloquially, it can be called the `if the system ain+t broke, don+t fix it+ argument. It is easy to say that the system ain+t broke so you don+t need to fix it if it has always worked for you. When I hear people talk about how well our legal system works I can feel a great chasm between what their experience with our laws are and what those of my own family are. I was interested in studying law because of the impact of the child removal policy on my family. My grandmother was taken from her family when she was twelve and sent out to work as a domestic. She never returned to her home. My father was, with several of his siblings, placed in a home at the age of five. He was not able to find the links to his own family until the 1980s. I grew up in a family where I witnessed the impact of that removal on the self-esteem of my family members and I saw what a difference it made to my father to find the family and cultural ties that had been taken away from his mother. I have stood on the very spot where my grandmother was taken from. It is land on our traditional country that we have no ability to claim a native title interest over. I stood on that spot and I couldn+t have faith that our legal system was fair, equitable or just.

Behrendt, L.Y. 2003, 'Power from the People: A Community-based Approach to Indigenous Self-Determination', The Flinders Journal of Law Reform, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 135-150.
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Behrendt, L.Y. 2002, 'Genocide: the distance between law and life.', Aboriginal History, vol. 25, no. N/A, pp. 132-147.
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The above quotes are cited from the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission+s 1997 report, Bringing Them Home: National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families and form part of the evidence collected by the inquiry. This same report concluded that the government policies of removing children were in breach of international laws prohibiting genocide and amounted to crimes against humanity.

Behrendt, L.Y. 2002, 'Responsibility in Governance: Implied Rights, Fiduciary Obligation and Indigenous Peoples', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 61, no. 2, pp. 106-118.
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Behrendt, L.Y. 2002, 'The Link Between Rights and a Treaty Practical Reconciliation', Balayi, vol. 4, no. N/A, pp. 21-27.
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Behrendt, L.Y. 2002, 'The power we bring: indigenous sovereignty and self-determination in the treaty process', Balayi, vol. 5, pp. 1-10.
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Behrendt, L.Y. 2001, 'Indigenous Self-Determination:Rethinking the Relationship Between Rights and Economic Development', The University of NSW Law Journal, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 850-861.
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Behrendt, L.Y. 2001, 'Mind, Body and Spririt: Pathways Forward for Reconciliation.', The Newcastle Law Review, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 38-52.
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Behrendt, L.Y. 2001, 'What Path Forward for Reconciliation? The Challenges of a new Relationship with Indigenous People.', Public Law Review, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 79-83.
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Books

Behrendt, L.Y. 2012, Indigenous Australia for Dummies, First, Wiley Publishing Australia Pty Ltd, Milton, Australia.

Behrendt, L.Y., Libesman, T. & Cunneen, C. 2009, Indigenous Legal Relations in Australia, 1, Oxford University Press, Australia.
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Indigenous peoples' relationship with Australian and international law in a histrorical and social context.

Behrendt, L.Y. & Kelly, L. 2008, Resolving Indigenous Disputes: Land Conflict and Beyond, 1, Federation Press, Sydney, Australia.
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This book looks at the way in which dispute resolution processes can be developed to more effectively empower Aboriginal people and assist with the more equitable and satisfactory resolution of disputes between Aboriginal people and between Aboriginal people and other groups. It uses conflict around land, particularly at the intersection between land claim and native title as its focus. These have been identified through extensive field research. The book also explores the building of models of alternative dispute resolution processes based on Aboriginal cultural values and world views. It provides practical tools to practitioners who are seeking to find more effective ways of dealing with conflict in Aboriginal communities or between Aboriginal communities and other stakeholders.

Brennan, S., Behrendt, L.Y., Strelein, L. & Williams, G.J. 2005, Treaty, 1, Federation Press, Sydney Australia.
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Behrendt, L.Y. 2003, Achieving Social Justice, 1, Federation Press, Annandale, Australia.
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Book chapters

Behrendt, L.Y. 2011, 'Aboriginal Australia and Democracy: Old Traditions, New Challenges' in Benjamin Isakhan and Stephen Stockwell (eds), The Secret History of Democracy, Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire UK, pp. 148-161.
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When Europeans arrived in Australia to stay a little over two centuries ago, they did not appreciate the complex and consultative governance and legal structures that existed within the Aboriginal communities that they met. Instead, many Europeans saw a primitive race without developed technology and assumed them to be inferior. This Euro-centric assumption of superiority, eventually bolstered by theories of social Darwinism, would be used to support the doctrine of terra nullius, a legal fiction that saw Australia as though it was without a legitimate system of governance. Seen through Europeans eyes, it is not suqprising that many outsiders failed to understand the intricacies of our society, especially its complex system of laws and governance.

Behrendt, L.Y. 2011, 'An Introduction to Global Perspectives on Social Justice and Human Rights' in Deborah Barnes (ed), Nelson Aboriginal Studies, CENGAGE LEARNING AUSTRALIA, South Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 137-152.
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The following chapters explore social justice and human rights in relation to Indigenous peoples in Australia and internationally. This chapter uses case studies to explore how some nations, such as New Zealand, Canada and the US, have dealt with Indigenous people's rights. There are an estimated 370 million Indigenous people worldwide living in around 70 different nations (UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 2006). Indigenous peoples have borne the heavy impacts of colonialism. Though invasion or colonisation tended to occur in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, its legacies continue to affect Indigenous peoples today in many ways, such as: the lack of recognition of their rights to their lands and waters; their right to live as they desire and to maintain their cultures; their experiences of racism; and their socioeconomic position. They have challenged colonialism and its impacts on them, and fought hard to protect their rights. Situations vary across communities, depending on the timing of colonialism and subsequent treaties (or lack thereof), as well as domestic government policy. Socioeconomic indicators show the ongoing impacts of colonialism in the present living conditions of Indigenous people. They are markers of the relative position of a group to the rest of a nation's population, in areas such as levels of education, health, employment, income, experience of law and justice, housing and service access. These show that Indigenous peoples worldwide experience major disadvantage compared with their fellow citizens.

Behrendt, L.Y. & Cadzow, A.J. 2011, 'Criminal Justice' in Deborah Barnes (ed), Nelson Aboriginal Studies, Cengage Learning Australia, South Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 224-233.
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a complex relationship with the criminal justice system. They are over-represented in custody and also overrepresented as victims of crime. Issues arise between Aboriginal people and the police and there are additional issues that arise when Aboriginal offenders appear before the courts and are sentenced. These issues were teased out in the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC 1991), a major legal investigation into why so many Aboriginal people were dying while in police custody or in prison.

Behrendt, L.Y. 2010, 'Asserting the Doctrine of Discovery in Australia' in Oxford University Press (ed), Discovering Indigenous Lands: The Doctrine of Discovery in the English Colonies, Oxford University Press, New York, USA, pp. 187-206.
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Behrendt, L.Y. 2010, 'Back to the Future for Indigenous Australia' in Nick Dyrenfurth & Tim Soutphommasane (eds), All Thats Left: What Labor Should Stand For, UNSW Press, Sydney, Australia, pp. 113-134.
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Political comment

Behrendt, L.Y. 2010, 'Closing the Evidence Gap' in Mark Davis & Miriam Lyons (eds), MORE THAN LUCK: Ideas Australia Needs Now, Centre for Policy Development, Sydney NSW 1240, pp. 117-128.
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A critique of the ALP's Inidgenous Policy

Behrendt, L.Y. 2010, 'Indigenous Affairs Post-ATSIC' in Andrew Gunstone (ed), Over a Decade of Despair, Australian Scholarly Publishing, North Melbourne, Australia, pp. 173-207.
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Behrendt, L.Y. 2010, 'The Doctrine of Discovery in Australia' in Oxford University Press (ed), Discovering Indigenous Lands: The Doctrine of Discovery in the English Colonies, Oxford University Press, New York, USA, pp. 171-186.
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Behrendt, L.Y. 2009, 'Something for Nothing? Aboriginal Property Rights and Nationalist Myths' in Bain Attwood and Tom Griffiths (eds), Frontier, Race, Nation, Australian Scholarly Publishing, North Melbourne, Australia, pp. 291-304.
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Behrendt, L.Y. 2008, 'Vision and Realism: Moving to a Reconciled Australia' in Andrew Gunstone (ed), History, Politics & Knowledge: Essays in Australian Indigenous Studies, Australian Scholarly Publishing, North Melbourne, VIC, Australia, pp. 229-248.
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Behrendt, L.Y. 2007, 'Indigenous Urban Disadvantage' in Atkinson, Dalton, Norman and Wood (eds), URBAN 45, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 35-38.

Behrendt, L.Y. 2007, 'Some listen, Some Won't Hear: the Legacy of the Bringing Them Home Report' in Mark Lawrence (ed), "Remember Me": Commemorating the Tenth Anniversary of the Bringing Them Home Report, The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care Inc., North Fitzroy, Australia, pp. 29-31.

Behrendt, L.Y. 2007, 'The 1967 Referendum: 49 years on' in ALRM CEO Neil Gillespie (ed), Reflections: 40 years on from the 1967 Referendum, Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement Inc., Adelaide, Australia, pp. 25-29.

Behrendt, L.Y. 2007, 'The Emergency We Had to Have' in Altman J & Hinkson M (eds), Coercive Reconciliation: Stabilise, Normalise, Exit Aboriginal Australia, Arena Publications Association, North Carlton, Australia, pp. 15-20.

Behrendt, L.Y. 2006, 'Indigenous Self-Determination: Rethinking the Relationship of Rights and Economic Development' in Worby, G. Rigney, L.I. (eds), Sharing Spaces: Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Responses to Story, Country and Rights, API Network, Perth, Australia, pp. 276-289.

Behrendt, L.Y. 2006, 'The Urban Aboriginal Landscape' in Anderson, K. Dobson, R. Allon, F. Neilson, B. (eds), After Sprawl: Post-Suburban Sydney. E-Proceedings of 'Post-Suburban Sydney: The City in Transformation' Conference, Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia, pp. 1-8.

Behrendt, L.Y. 2005, 'False Dichotomies and Other Barriers to Policy-Making for Aboriginal Communities' in Diane Austin-Broos and Gaynor Macdonald (eds), Culture, Economy and Governance in Aboriginal Australia, Sydney University Press, Sydney, Australia, pp. 231-239.
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Behrendt, L.Y. 2005, 'The Relevance of the Rights Agenda in the Age of Practical Reconciliation' in Hunter & Keyes (eds), Changing law: Rights, Regulation and Reconciliation, Ashgate, Great Britain, pp. 137-153.
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Behrendt, L.Y. 2004, 'Challenging the status quo: indigenous activism and the rule of law in Australia' in Litigation: Past and Present, UNSW Press, Sydney, Australia, pp. 171-185.
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Behrendt, L.Y. 2004, 'Cultural conflict in colonial legal systems: An Australian perspective' in Intercultural Dispute Resolution in Aboriginal Contexts, UBC Press, Vancouver, Canada, pp. 116-127.
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Behrendt, L.Y. 2004, 'Euleyai: The Blood that runs Through My Veins' in Greymorning S (ed), A Will to Survive: Indigenous Essays on the Politics of Culture, Language and Identity, McGraw Hill, New York, USA, pp. 32-44.
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Behrendt, L.Y. 2003, 'Eliza Fraser: A Colonial and Legal Narrative' in McCalman I; McGrath A (eds), Proof & Truth: The Humanist as Expert, Australian Academy of Humanities, Canberra, Australia, pp. 189-199.

Behrendt, L.Y. 2003, 'Practical Steps Towards a Treaty: Structures, Challenges and the Need for Flexibility' in Hannah McGlade (ed), Treaty - Lets Get It Right, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, Australia, pp. 18-29.
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Behrendt, L.Y. 2002, 'Lacking Good Faith: Australia, Fiduciary duties, and the lonely place of Indigenous rights' in N/A (ed), In Whom we trust; A forum on fiduciary relationships In Whom we trust; A forum on fiduciary relationships In Whom we trust; A forum on fiduciary relationships In Whom we trust; A forum on fiduciary relationships, Irwin Law, Toronto, Canada, pp. 247-267.
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Behrendt, L.Y. 2002, 'Lessons from the Mediation Obsession: Ensuring that Sentencing 'Alternatives' Focus on Indigenous Self-Determination' in Heather Strang and John Braithwaite (eds), Restorative Justice and Family Violence, Cambridge University Press 2002, Australia, pp. 178-190.
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Other

Behrendt, L.Y. 2012, 'Avoiding An Era Of Symbolism In Indigenous Affairs', LEFT TURN, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, Australia, pp. 82-92.
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Australia Day, 2012. It is forty years since four Aboriginal, men drove from Redfern in Sydney to Canberra to set up a small protest against the McMahon government's refusal to support a land' rights agenda for Indigenous Australia. The original action in 1972 captured the attention of the nation-and the world-but it also resonated with the deep dissatisfaction felt by Aboriginal people who, five years after the success of the 1967 referendum, found their day-to-day circumstances had not changed.

Behrendt, L.Y. 2009, 'Legacy', University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, Australia.
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Simone Harlowe is young and clever, an Aboriginal lawyer straddling two lives and two cultures while studying at Harvard. Her family life back in Sydney is defined by the complex relationship she has with her father, Tony, a prominent Aboriginal rights activist. As Simone juggles the challenges of a modern woman's life - career, family, friends and relationships - her father is confronting his own uncomfortable truths as his secret double life implodes. Can Simone accept her father for the man he is and forgive him for the man he's not?

Behrendt, L.Y. 2004, 'Home', University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, Australia.

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