Helen Gerrard, MG Corporation Board Director (2012), explains how MG Corporation is governed She talks about how it’s changed over time and how it represents different groups through the Dawang Council “Wi...
- 01 Understanding governance
- 02 Culture and governance
- 03 Getting Started
- 04 Leadership
05 Governing the organisation
- 5.0 Governing the organisation
- 5.1 Roles, responsibilities and rights of a governing body
- 5.2 Accountability: what is it, to whom and how?
- 5.3 Decision making by the governing body
- 5.4 Governing finances and resources
- 5.5 Communicating
- 5.6 Future planning
- 5.7 Building capacity and confidence for governing bodies
- 5.8 Case Studies
- 06 Rules and policies
- 07 Management and staff
08 Disputes and complaints
- 8.0 Disputes and complaints
- 8.1 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous approaches
- 8.2 Core principles and skills for dispute and complaint resolution
- 8.3 Disputes and complaints about governance
- 8.4 Your members: Dealing with disputes and complaints
- 8.5 Organisations: dealing with internal disputes and complaints
- 8.6 Practical guidelines and approaches
- 8.7 Case Studies
- 09 Governance for nation rebuilding
- Governance Stories
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Governance two ways—Kurduju Committee, Ali Curung, Northern Territory
This painting titled ‘Two Ways: Yapa and Kardiya Ways’ is reproduced with the kind permission of the artists, Gwen Brown and Marjorie Hayes, members of the Kurduju Committee from Ali Curung in the Northern Territory.
This painting depicts the Aboriginal dispute-resolution process at Ali Curung. The left side is Yapa (Aboriginal) way and it shows community organisations arching over a large central circle, which represents an open community meeting. The two groups below this circle represent elders and traditional owners. These two groups act as adjudicators and provide legitimacy to the decision-making process. The right side is the Kardiya (non-Aboriginal) criminal justice process where there is a judge, secretary, jury, prosecutor, defence lawyer, the troublemaker in the witness stand and members of the public.
The goal is that Aboriginal dispute resolution as practiced in this community becomes a process that:
- is worked out by the community
- is controlled by the community
- is responsible to the community
- can incorporate the acceptable laws, traditional and contemporary structures of the community
- has a capacity to work across both cultures.