Aboriginal Australia: land, law and culture

The watershed ‘Mabo’ judgement on land rights opened a new chapter in Aboriginal history. Issues of self-determination, indigenous control of resources, the making of Aboriginal culture are all explored here – by those involved in these struggles.

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‘Australia has failed to acknowledge the first peoples of the country and their right to their own land… The doctrine of terra nullius, that the land was uninhabitated before the advent of the Europeans (its corollary being that the Aboriginal peoples already there were, in fact, non-human fauna) had, since colonisation began, underpinned racism.’

Race & Class is published quarterly, in January, April, July and October, by Sage Publications for the Institute of Race Relations; individual subscriptions are £27/$47, for four issues, with an introductory rate of £20/$35 for new subscribers.

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