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In a recent article in The West Australian, Josie Farrer MLA addressed the issue of customary law. The Law Society of Western Australia supports the position of the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia, which in its report of September 2006, recommended recognition of customary laws and practises which are consistent with international human rights standards.

Law Society President Greg McIntyre SC said, “The Law Society, like the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia, advocates that services and programmes for Aboriginal people be culturally appropriate and Aboriginal-owned, designed and delivered.

“The Law Society supports Aboriginal community justice groups focused on prevention of offending through a justice reinvestment approach.

“The Law Society suggests that the recommendation of the Law Reform Commission of WA that Aboriginal Courts be established be re-visited, based upon models operating in New South Wales and Queensland.”

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About us: The Law Society of Western Australia is the peak professional association for lawyers in the State. The Society is a not-for-profit association dedicated to the representation of its more than 4000 members. The Society enhances the legal profession through its position as a respected leader and contributor on law reform, access to justice and the rule of law. The Society is widely acknowledged by the legal profession, government and the community as the voice of the legal profession in Western Australia.



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