Kevin Gilbert was one of Aboriginal Australia’s most strident voices. He died in

early 1993 and like most Aboriginal men he failed to reach sixty years of age.1 He

experienced fourteen and a half years in some of the worst prisons in Australia yet

still managed to author many visionary works dedicated to the search for justice for

Aboriginal people. A dominant focus of Gilbert’s quest for justice was a campaign

for a treaty between indigenous peoples and the Australian state that began in

earnest in the late 1970s (see Harris, 1979, Gilbert, 1993) and garnered considerable

support throughout the 1980s. The idea had significant potential as Australia, unlike

New Zealand and North America, was colonised purely by forceful assertion.