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ILJRH Workshop - The benefits of Aboriginal land repossession

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CB10.05.580

235 Jones Street

Ultimo, NSW 2007

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Join us for presentations by leading academics and experts working in the field of the Aboriginal land estate and alternate development.

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This workshop considers the social, cultural, economic, and/or political 'benefits' of Aboriginal land repossession with particular reference to NSW. We will hear from researchers, practitioners and experts in the field.

One of the most significant developments in the Australian Indigenous polity over the last decade has been Indigenous engagement in the economy. Aboriginal economic activity, particularly leveraging communal land holdings for economic advancement, continues to be a leading public policy objective of Governments. The Federal and the NSW State Government each share a view that Aboriginal economic activity is vital to addressing disadvantage and ‘Closing the Gap’. Launching the ‘Closing the Gap’ Report, the Prime Minister said ‘Indigenous economic development is at the heart of the national agenda’ and that ‘economic participation, underpinned by cultural participation, leads to vastly improved social outcomes’ (2016); the Council of Australian Government (COAG) inquiry found that reform is needed to ‘support Indigenous land owners and native title holders to leverage their land assets for economic development as part of the mainstream economy’ (2015). The NSW Government’s 2016 report of the Aboriginal Economic Development Inquiry reinforced this observation concluding that improving social and economic outcomes for Aboriginal people, creating conditions for Aboriginal knowledge and cultural expression, and alleviating large-scale disadvantage will depend on the timely processing of land claims.

Across Australia over the last 40 years a land titling revolution has seen the return of land to Indigenous ownership under land rights and then native title laws. With reference to NSW the amount of land returned to Indigenous ownership varies across urban, coastal and bush regions; these land holdings have different economies climate impact and populations. While leveraging communal land holdings for economic advancement is a leading public policy objective, the benefits of land-based entrepreneurialism in NSW are rarely canvassed.

The workshop will contribute to debates over the institutional arrangements, alternate economies, recent litigation and enabling policy environment to progress Aboriginal benefit from the returned land estate. Topics range from land management, Aboriginal water entitlement acquisition, and the implications for contemporary Aboriginal water access and use, including in economic contexts and potential compensation for loss of native title rights and interests and employment.

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