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Editors --- "Update: Obituary - Neil Lofgren; New Indigenous Law Centre Director; Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development; Indigenous Business Incentive Programme; Indigenous Fellowship Programme; Apology" [1998] IndigLawB 43; (1998) 4(12) Indigenous Law Bulletin 2


A Director for the Indigenous Law Centre, at Last!

Mick Dodson commenced as Director of the Indigenous Law Centre on 13 March. He comes directly from his outstanding work as Australia's first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner with the Commonwealth Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. He now has the oversight of current and developing projects at the Centre. In addition to its research and teaching role, the Centre publishes the ILB and the Australian Indigenous Law Reporter. It also maintains an extensive Community Education Program on native title and other important issues.

Welcome, Mick.

New Look ILB

The ILB has Dale Harrison to thank for its new look, we hope you like it. Welcome Dale, your talents are much appreciated!

Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development

The Commoonwealth Government has announced a'$l0 pillion program, in which, over the next two years, 500 Australian young people under 30 years old will be able to volunteer to participate in aid and development activities overseas. The program will encourage young people to learn more about the people and culture of the region. For more information, see the AusAid website at

Indigenous Business Incentive Programme

IBIP replaced ATSIC's Community Economic Initiatives Scheme on 1 July 1997 and is especially aimed at assisting unemployed or under employed indigenous people to enter into business. It provides seed funding, training and other support to newly established businesses. A key measure of success of these businesses will be the capacity to create new and sustainable jobs. Support services may also be provided through ATSIC's Business Agent network. Business Grants are also available to oganisations utilising the CDEP scheme. Joint ventures will also be considered.

Contact your nearest ATSIC State or Regional Office.

Indigenous Fellowship Programme

Three to four fellowships will be available for 1999, created through the International Decade of the World's Indigenous People.

The Programme is held in Geneva, to give indigenous individuals knowledge in the fields of international human rights, and indigenous peoples' rights in particular, to assist their organisations and communities.

The course runs for approximately six months in the second half of 1999.

United Nations,

Centre for Human Rights

Indigenous People Unit

Geneva 10,


Closing date for applications: 15 August 1998.


The ILB wishes to apologise to Frances Elcoate who did much of the graphic work in the last `Money Business' issue. Unfortunately, she did not receive a published credit at the time. Sorry, Frances, and thanks for the fabulous work.

Obituary – Neil Lofgren

Neil Anton Lofgren, a Gurindji man and a regular contributor to the ILB, Land Rights Queensland and other journals, died on 13 May 1998. Neil had obtained a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and was well on the way to obtaining his Master of Laws. His, wok on issues such as international human rights and protection of indigenous knowledge demonstrated both his great intellectual as capabilities and his commitment to justice.

In recent years, Neil, worked for both the Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Research Action and the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs in Queensland. In October 1997, Neil met with members of: his natural family He was planning a documentary of their reunification. He will be missed by his family, friendsd and colleagues.

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