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The Australian National University

Lynette Liddle

Document: Discussion Paper

This paper is based on a submission to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee Inquiry into the commercial use of Australian native wildlife. It uses secondary sources and is also based on primary research.

Document: Issue Brief

Recent agreements

Aboriginal communities are increasingly involved in negotiating mineral development agreements with mining companies and relevant State agencies. Analysis of five recent agreements suggested that agreements are varied in three major ways:

Document: Issue Brief

Most of the public debate about the workability of the Native Title Act 1993 (NTA) for resource developers has focused on mining rather than on the petroleum industry. This is largely because the majority of petroleum industry exploration and production occurs offshore. There are other important differences between mining and the petroleum industry that appear to simplify potential negotiations with native title parties.

Document: Issue Brief

The Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (ALRA) has been operating for 20 years. Its functions are largely financed from mining activity on Aboriginal land; 'mining royalty equivalents' are paid into the Aboriginals Benefit Trust Account (ABTA). The money paid into the ABTA is paid out in three ways:

Document: Issue Brief

A central issue facing Australian policy makers is how to meet the principles of equity and social justice in access to economic benefits for diverse regional, ethnic and Aboriginal populations, while at the same time meeting broad national goals of economic development. This issue is particularly complex in the case of Aboriginal people, and the discussion paper Money, business and culture: issues for Aboriginal economic policy by Dr David Martin raises a number of significant questions for both policy makers and Aboriginal people themselves.

Document: Issue Brief

Sharing and reciprocity in Aboriginal communities are part of a complex cultural system in which individuals and groups provide economic assistance to one another. Sharing can also be understood as a mechanism through which Aboriginal people display and confirm their social relationships with each other. Yet the type of sharing displayed is neither simple nor automatic but involves careful, strategic decision-making and behaviours.

Document: Issue Brief

Indigenous participation in higher education has increased steadily in recent years, yet a closer look at those increases reveals significant differences when Indigenous students are compared with other Australian students.

Document: Issue Brief

The recent National Review of Education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (in 1995) called for research and analysis of the immediate and long-term complexities of building community-controlled education for Indigenous Australians.

In spite of over 20 years of Government promotion of self-determination in education as a pathway to better educational outcomes for Indigenous Australians: