The decision of the Australian Federal Court in Bennell v State of Western Australia  FCA 1243 (19 September 2006) recognizing Native Title to portions of Perth, is now online at http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/federal_ct/2006/1243.html. This victory for the Noongar people in a Native Title or Titles (Validation) and Native Title (Effect of Past Acts) Act 1995 action, is causing widespread reaction in Australia.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC – It is only after a male visitor leaves the room that Helena Gorolova, standing next to her husband, lowers her voice and says, "as a woman I feel worthless." Ms. Gorolova cannot have any more children. Sixteen years ago, she says, doctors at a hospital here sterilized her while she gave birth to her second son by caesarean section. In the throes of labor they had her sign a form authorizing the sterilization, but did not explain what it was. "They said, 'You have to sign this or you will die,' " says Gorolova. "At that time I would have signed my own death sentence, I was in such pain. I had no idea what the word [sterilization] meant. I signed something, but I didn't know what it was." Continued at http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0906/p07s02-woeu. html?s=hns