The theme of my address this morning emphasizes the important role that Indigenous people have, to take charge of our own destinies. The maintenance and integration of Aboriginal customary law is an essential part of this.
It cannot be repeated often enough that a legal system must reflect the people it serves if it is to gain their confidence. And Indigenous Australians want greater confidence in the legal system...
Calma, Tom. The Integration of Customary Law into the Australian Legal System. National Indigenous Legal Conference. New South Wales Bar Association. Sydney, Australia. 2006. Speech. (https://www.humanrights.gov.au/news/speeches/integration-customary-law-a..., accessed August 14, 2015)