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political settlement

Document: Discussion Paper

In the 25 years since the Mabo High Court decision, native title claims, litigation, determinations, and land use agreements have proliferated with the result that native title is now an undisputed component in the Australian nation's core institutional framework. This has been a remarkable development. The emergence of public policy for native title over the past quarter century, built on a complex array of conceptual foundations which derive from Indigenous tradition, the common law, statute law, anthropology, history and politics, invites the question: what next?

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