Land Rights vs 'States' Rights'
As opponents of aboriginal land rights asserted their influence during the 1980s, the momentum for change stalled.
The resources lobby protested at 'black tape', which they claimed stifled development. They publicised opinion polls, designed to give the impression that Australians feared land rights and questioned its moral basis.
By 1992, pragmatists in all major parties questioned further land rights reform. They claimed it would be politically risky to challenge the combative, pro mining governments of Queensland and Western Australia, by using the powers conferred on the Federal government at the 1967 referendum.
Gough Whitlam's initiatives were criticised as radical, politically naïve and too centralist.
1967 referendum, Australia, human rights
Yirrkala & Gove
bark petition, Gove, industry, land rights, Marika, Roy, mining, Nabalco, Yunupingu, Galarrwuy
Legislation In Australia After Mabo
indigenous people, land rights, Mabo Case, Mabo judgement, mining, native title, Native Title Act (1993), pastoralism, political reaction
The '10 Point Plan'
10 point plan, backlash, Canberra, extinguishment, High Court of Australia, Howard, John, Liberal - National Party coalition, Native Title Act (1993), Wik
Mediation & Other Parties
Nov, 25, 1993
coexistence, Federal Court of Australia, mediation, National Native Title Tribunal, Native Title Act (1993)
Native Title & Industry
mining, native title, Native Title Act (1993), Native Title Amendment Bill, pastoral industry, pastoral lease, Wik
Learning To Live With Native Title
Cowley, Camilla, De Crispegny, Robert Champion, mining, native title, Normandy Mining, pastoralism, reconciliation
The Politics Of Native Title
citizenship, equality, human rights, land rights, national identity, native title, political reaction, politics
Pastoral Interest & Public Interest
coexistence, Grey, Earl, native title, New South Wales, pastoral industry, pastoral lease, Wik
May, 27, 1967
1967 referendum, activism, citizenship, human rights, Inter-racial Seminar, justice, Mabo, Edward Koiki, vote
The Whitlam Government & Land Rights
Australian Labor Party, land rights, Whitlam, Gough
Australian Labor Party, Dunstan, Don, land rights, Pitjantjatjara, Pitjantjatjara Land Rights Act, 1981, South Australia, States' rights
New South Wales
Aboriginal Land Rights Act, 1983, land rights, Maralinga Tjarutja Land RIghts Act, 1983, New South Wales, States' rights
Aboriginal Land (Lake Condah and Framlingham Forest) Act, 1987, land rights, States' rights, Victoria
Aurukun, Deed of Grant in Trust, Fraser, Malcolm, land rights, Mer, Murray Island, Queensland, reserves, States' rights, Torres Strait
Hawke, Bob, land rights, Noonkanbah, States' rights, Western Australia
High Court Challenge - WA vs Commonwealth
backlash, Court, Richard, mining, native title, Native Title Act (1993), pastoral industry, WA v Commonwealth, Western Australia
Wik allies mount attack on premiers
Jan, 22, 1997
aborigines, backlash, Borbidge, Robert, Djerrkura, Gatjil, Fischer, Tim, French, Justice Robert, Howard, John, native title, Native Title Act (1993), native title claim, pastoralism, Wik
What price native rights?
Jan, 20, 1997
Common Law, compensation, extinguishment, land tenure, National Native Title Tribunal, Native Title Act (1993), NSW Acquisition Act, Western Australia, Wik