Author: Michael Mansell

Michael Mansell is an Aboriginal from Tasmania. He is also a lawyer having been admitted to the Bar in 1984 but gave up practice in 1996 to concentrate on law reform. While still active in the Aboriginal struggle, he is now spending more and more time writing on solutions for indigenous peoples in Australia. He has just completed his first book titled ‘Treaty and statehood: Aboriginal self-determination’, published by Federation Press. In the book Michael examines the options for empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders which, quite timely, includes a treaty. He was engaged as a consultant in 2016 by the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs office to advance a Victorian treaty. Michael recently attended the Uluru statement and is committed to seeing the outcomes of Uluru become official policy.