2015 Richard Cooper Memorial Lecture

Thursday, 20 August, 2015 - 17:30 to 19:30



The TC Beirne School of Law and the Federal Court of Australia, invite you to the:

2015 Richard Cooper Memorial Lecture

This year's lecture is titled
A Diminished Nation? The races power, non-discrimination and the Native Title Act presented by special guest speaker
Professor Jonathan Fulcher.

There has been much legal argument about whether or not the races power under the Australian Constitution can be exercised only for the benefit and not to the detriment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Expert Panel's report on constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution has in part framed the recognition debate around eliminating discrimination of any kind from the Constitution. But the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), as a special measure or an Act simply later in time than the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), on one view of the matter maintains distinctions based on race in the very act of recognition and protection of native title. Because of the jurisprudence of the High Court about the relationship between the NTA and the RDA, these distinctions cannot be easily challenged.

This presentation asks if that discrimination has been accepted in order to achieve other goals, or whether the next step is to treat Aboriginal land interests truly the same as other interests in all material respects. It discusses how, from a legal perspective, that might be achieved at the same time as maintaining the central economic importance to Australia of certainty in relation to land and resource management.

The Richard Cooper Memorial Lecture is a joint initative of the TC Beirne School of Law and the Federal Court of Australia.


About the Series
The Richard Cooper lecture series was established in 2005 in honour of the late Justice Richard Cooper of the Federal Court of Australia. It is dedicated to the interest he developed in maritime and native title law issues during the course of his long and distinguished legal career.



Thursday, 20 August 2015



5:30pm - 7:30pm AEDT



Federal Court,
Court 1, Level 7
Harry Gibbs Commonwealth Law Courts,
119 North Quay, Brisbane



By 13 August 2015

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Live broadcast to the following locations:

Court 1, Level 21, Law Courts Building,
Queens Square, Sydney
from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Court 1, Level 8, Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 305 William Street
from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Court 3, Level 5, Roma Mitchell Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 3 Angas St
from 5:00pm to 7pm.

Court 4, Peter Durack Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 1 Victoria Avenue
from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.

CPD Points - Bar Association  of Queensland - 1 CPD Point, self assessed.

This event may qualify for self-accreditation in other states.











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