Source: (1995) Australian Violence: Contemporary Perspectives II. Canberra : Australian Institute of Criminology.

Nolan expresses the ideas of conflict between people being co-opted by the state. She then relates how this is doubly true for Aboriginal peoples whose methods of dispute resolution were subsumed by colonizing powers. In an attempt to bring alternative dispute resolution to communities, the community justice program used mediation. The program provided and trained mediators for communities. The program tried to be culturally sensitive enough to allow the aboriginal communities to develop their own systems.

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