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J Law Med. 2008 May;15(5):760-72.

Indigenous Australia and health rights.

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  • Centre for Health and Society and Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit, University of Melbourne, Australia.


Over the last decade, there has been a significant shift in public policy in relation to indigenous Australians. The new policy frameworks have been marked by an antipathy towards a policy discourse based on a human rights framework. This has also been associated with a shift from an approach based on "self-determination" to one founded on the idea of "mutual obligation". This article describes these developments in detail and considers the implications for human rights discourse.

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