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Land Rights at Risk? Evaluations of the Reeves Report

Research Monograph 14 / 1999


In Building on Land Rights for the Next Generation: Report of the Review of the Aboriginal Land rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (the Reeves Report) John Reeves QC proposes fundamental and controversial changes to land rights law in the Northern Territory. Land Rights at Risk? is the published outcome of a conference—'Evaluating the Reeves Report: Cross-Disciplinary perspectives'—convened in response by the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology and The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, The Australian National University, and held at Fenner Hall, Canberra, 26-27 March 1999.

In this monograph the broad scope of the conference is maintained, and the sixteen published papers represent a cross-section of disciplines from the social sciences and humanities, including social anthropology, political science, law, economic, publish policy, geography and social work. The majority of the contributors have a long-term professional involvement in land rights issues. Taken as a whole, this volume provides a comprehensive and informed critique of the Reeves Report, and it will be essential reading for all those concerned with the Reeves recommendations and their implications.

The volume includes contributions by Jon Altman, Brian Galligan, Robert Levitus, David Martin, Howard Morphy, Martin Mowbray, Garth Nettheim, Nicolas Peterson, David Pollack, John Quiggin, Tim Rowse, Peter Sutton, John Taylor, Ian Viner, Ernst Willheim, and Nancy Williams.

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