Michael Mansell is an Aboriginal lawyer who practised law from1984 to 1996 and retired from the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre in 2012. He is currently Chairman of the Aboriginal Land Council. While still active in the Aboriginal struggle, he is now
spending more time writing on solutions for Aboriginal people. His book Treaty and Statehood: Aboriginal Self-Determination was published by Federation Press in 2016. Michael attended the Uluru gathering in 2017 and is committed to seeing the outcomes of Uluru in full—Sovereignty, Truth-telling and Treaty—become official policy.
Vesting authority in local Aboriginal communities gives the people tools to overcome dysfunction where it occurs, revives community integrity and enables people to plan for a healthy and vibrant Aboriginal society.