Australian Aboriginal land management: constraints or opportunities?

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McNamara, Noeleen. 2017. "Australian Aboriginal land management: constraints or opportunities?" James Cook University Law Review. 21 (2014-2015), pp. 25-40.
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Australian Aboriginal land management: constraints or opportunities?

ERA Journal ID33457
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AuthorMcNamara, Noeleen
Journal TitleJames Cook University Law Review
Journal Citation21 (2014-2015), pp. 25-40
Number of Pages16
Year2017
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1321-1072
Abstract

For many years, natural resource legislation in Australia has paid lip service to the land management principles of Australian Aboriginals, without making any genuine attempt to learn from these practices in areas such as fire management. This is despite the unquestionable sustainability and utility of such land management practices which maintained a civilisation for tens of thousands of years. Yet with the advent of European settlement, many of these techniques, including fire management techniques, were disregarded or discontinued when Aboriginal people were forced off their lands. This has altered the environment, often resulting in land becoming overgrown and subject to intense and damaging bushfires. Fortunately, notwithstanding the failures of legislation to address these issues, the increased attention on climate change mitigation measures, including the Carbon Farming Initiative, provides an opportunity for the recognition of Aboriginal land management practices, and also the ability of landholders and managers to generate an economic return from these practices.

KeywordsAustralian Aboriginal; fire; bushfire; land management; carbon farming
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020480299. Environmental and resources law not elsewhere classified
450599. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, society and community not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Law and Justice
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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