What are the key issues in achieving social justice for Aboriginal people in Australia?
“There is a strong and inescapable link between social justice for Indigenous peoples and the goal of reconciliation between indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians”  Indigenous people struggle to achieve access and equity in Australian society and they lack both ideological and economic bases of power. This essay outlines the concept of social justice and explores the key issues and problems in achieving social justice for Aboriginal people in Australia. Through statistics it becomes clear the lack of social justice for the Indigenous people and the plight that they are suffering in contemporary society. These problems are then addressed through an extensive program of reforms that aims to achieve social justice for the Indigenous population.
1.0 Social Justice
In the 1993 Annual Report of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Dodson stated,
“Social justice is what faces you in the morning. It is awakening in a house with adequate water supply, cooking facilities and sanitation. It is the ability to nourish your children and send them to school where their education not only equips them for employment but reinforces their knowledge and understanding of their cultural inheritance. It is the prospect of genuine employment and good health: a life of choices and opportunity, free from discrimination.” 
Mick Dodson addresses what is at the heart of social justice and outlines all aspects that create equality within a society. Through this statement Dodson encourages us to examine whether the Indigenous people in Australia really have social justice. Through assessing the struggle of Indigenous people within society it becomes apparent that Dodson is pinpointing all of the elements of inequity that these people are facing. Due to key issues regarding racism, power relations and a lack of access and equity within...