Recognising Indigenous Land: Analysing the Success of Native Title and Land Rights Campaigns

Rosalin Kuriype

Abstract


Historically, the Indigenous struggle for land rights has been contingent upon the interventions and negotiations of the government. However, the past displacement engendered by colonisation has made proving continuous connection to land difficult, thus rendering native title a frequently problematic avenue towards recognition. This essay argues that grassroots land rights campaigns have had more tangible successes, visible through the physical acquisition of land rather than symbolic ‘recognition’.


Keywords
Mabo decision; native title; land rights; activism


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5130/nesais.v4i1.1529

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