Towards Truth

Research partner(s)
University of New South Wales

Towards Truth is a partnership between the Indigenous Law Centre and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. We are researching the vast body of laws and policies that have impacted Aboriginal people since 1788, broken down into four main ‘themes’ - Country, Kinship, Law and Culture, and People.

Towards Truth is the first attempt to map in detail how decisions of our Parliaments and Governments have dispossessed and disempowered First Nations people, and where they have sought to protect and provide for reparation.

It does this by compiling:

  • laws and policies that have impacted First Nations people since 1788
  • parliamentary debates that show what the Parliament intended when those laws were passed
  • articles and reports that discuss and analyse how these laws and policies operated in practice, and
  • case studies that show their practical effects.

Our work has begun in NSW, with plans to expand to other jurisdictions.


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Rights notice
The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) has prepared the Towards Truth database in good faith to seek to include documents containing legislation and policies that have impacted on First Nations' lives throughout Australian history. PIAC does not make any warranty, express or implied, regarding any information in the Towards Truth database, including warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or fitness for purpose of the information, or in relation to any statements made by or about any person in those documents. PIAC is not liable to any person for any damage or loss that has occurred, or may occur, in relation to that person taking or not taking action in respect of any representation, statement, opinion or advice referred to in this database.

PIAC has included notices on some documents accessible through the Towards Truth database that they are subject to specific licences. If you interact with those documents, you may only do so on the terms of those licences.

The Towards Truth database includes links to third party websites on which documents are made available. PIAC has no control over the linked sites, or the documents on those linked sites, and third parties may change the content made available on those sites or the terms on which they may be accessed. PIAC makes no warranty or representation in relation to those linked sites, or the documents made available on them at any time.

If you believe that a document in which you own copyright, or for which you should be attributed as author, has been used in the Towards Truth database without the proper authorisation or without proper attribution, please contact including an url of where the document is on the Towards Truth website / identification of the document, the basis on which you own the copyright and why you consider the use of the document is not relevantly authorised or attributed, including the form of attribution that you need PIAC to use in relation to that document.