Aboriginies are not protected by special laws as they are subject to the same law as everyone else. There are some laws such as land rights and heritage protection that is to protect culture and prior recognition of their land tenure but generally that is all.
They are not really protected beyond that, and I dont think any australians think we overprotect aboriginies, as any laws were hard fought.
Welfare is different to law and this is not often adequately administered and remains a problem for people in this country and aboriginies
For sure. However there are some issues with justice being carried out. For example if you look up some of the cases of DV and how many children are carrying VD. No matter what race you are, surely a child with VD is clear evidence that its welfare is not being catered for and must be sorted out.
However, having worked with aborigines who have comitted offences I do not feel the law does allow for aboriginal culture. One example is carrying out tribal law that inflicts damage upon another individual. Another would be schooling which our country demands must be provided to children. Now what happens when you come from a culture where education is totally different, different subjects, methods and process. Now we may or may not agree with what aboriginals do in their culture, but try looking at it this way. If Japan, Rusia, anyone, pick a country took over Australia today and ran it under their government, laws and beliefs, would you be happy, would you co operate and fit in?
If you look at the figures of caucasion v aboriginals in prison the figures are staggering for the population. So if our legislation is protecting aboriginals, why are so many in prison? This matter is extremely deep and when you start to look at arguements of it it can lead on forever. Each branch has its reasons for being so, ie, alcohol, DV. These were people who were only late last century given rights the same as other australians and then expected to fit in within the generation. At least caucasians have had centries of developing and living with the laws. Aboriginals werent, they were just expected to fit in and forget what they considered right and wrong because we knew best and apparently still do.