This book has grown out of many years of work with colleagues and friends. It has benefited immensely from their discussions, critiques and insights. I would like to particularly thank Paul Behrendt, Greta Bird, Harry Blagg, Nerida Blair, Jim Brooks, Murray Chapman, Mick Dodson, Mark Findlay, Cec Fisher, Terry Libesman, Garth Luke, David McDonald, Francis and Greg McKellar, Gary Martin, Irene Moss, Kate Munro, Clearie Quayle, Julie Stubbs, Roberta Sykes, Rob White and Sue Zelinka. Many Indigenous organisations have assisted my research work including Aboriginal Legal Services, Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committees, ATSIC, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Unit in the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. I would also like to thank Natalie Brown, Zena Dabboussy and Mary Spiers who have worked with me as research staff on various projects which are reflected in this book. Amanda Andreazza assisted with the preparation of the manuscript. Finally, thanks to John Iremonger, Karen Penning, and Emma Cotter from Allen & Unwin, as well as their anonymous reviewer.