How mainstream law makes Aboriginal women ‘disappear’

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Nielsen, JM 2004, 'How mainstream law makes Aboriginal women ‘disappear’', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 213-215.

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That an Aboriginal woman may experience discrimination precisely because she is an Aboriginal woman[1] is beyond the grasp of discrimination laws which do not recognise that race and gender (and other characteristics) may have a combined effect on the experience of an Aboriginal woman. Instead, Australian discrimination laws treat the discrimination suffered by a woman as being a universal experience that occurs only on account of her gender.