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It was in many cases illegal or wrongful, as Justices Deane and Gaudron stated. It was also accompanied by persistent violence. So if the law can reach back beyond the normal barriers of time set up by statutes of limitation to award the beneficiaries of those wrongful acts, all principles of equity would suggest at least an equal concern for those who lost their land. What is good for the weak, what is good for the victor is surely also good for the vanquished. Further problems present themselves with this proposition.

We are a captive peoples as never before in our history. A clear negative expression of this point is the lack of a national representative independent organisation for our people. Let me now suggest some strategies for consideration which may assist to create a template for our future and the health of Australia. The key elements are interconnected in a total mosaic of Aboriginal affairs, underpinned on the one hand by our culture and on the other by Aboriginal affairs economics. It should be noted that Aboriginal health {mental/physical), sport and recreation are vital elements which are woven into this national functional mosaic.

The federal government must pursue the concept of a treaty as they promised to do some years ago. This government must keep its promise to enter into a treaty with the indigenous people, particularly in this United Nations Year for the World's Indigenous People. This would demonstrate to the world that Australians, both Aboriginal and nonAboriginal, can exist in cultural harmony and celebrate our common humanity together. History must not be a cross for us as a nation to carry into the future. Our children must inherit a society better than the one that we inherited.

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