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Land Rights vs 'States' Rights'
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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
Topic
1967
1967 referendum, Australia, human rights
Yirrkala & Gove
Topic
1963-1971
bark petition, Gove, industry, land rights, Marika, Roy, mining, Nabalco, Yunupingu, Galarrwuy
Legislation In Australia After Mabo
Topic
1990s
indigenous people, land rights, Mabo Case, Mabo judgement, mining, native title, Native Title Act (1993), pastoralism, political reaction
The '10 Point Plan'
Topic
1996
10 point plan, backlash, Canberra, extinguishment, High Court of Australia, Howard, John, Liberal - National Party coalition, Native Title Act (1993), Wik
Mediation & Other Parties
Topic
Nov, 25, 1993
coexistence, Federal Court of Australia, mediation, National Native Title Tribunal, Native Title Act (1993)
Native Title & Industry
Topic
1996-1998
mining, native title, Native Title Act (1993), Native Title Amendment Bill, pastoral industry, pastoral lease, Wik
Learning To Live With Native Title
Topic
 
Cowley, Camilla, De Crispegny, Robert Champion, mining, native title, Normandy Mining, pastoralism, reconciliation
The Politics Of Native Title
Topic
1992-
citizenship, equality, human rights, land rights, national identity, native title, political reaction, politics
Pastoral Interest & Public Interest
Topic
1830-1848
coexistence, Grey, Earl, native title, New South Wales, pastoral industry, pastoral lease, Wik
Vote 'Yes'
Topic
May, 27, 1967
1967 referendum, activism, citizenship, human rights, Inter-racial Seminar, justice, Mabo, Edward Koiki, vote
The Whitlam Government & Land Rights
Topic
1972-1975
Australian Labor Party, land rights, Whitlam, Gough
South Australia
Text
1966-1984
Australian Labor Party, Dunstan, Don, land rights, Pitjantjatjara, Pitjantjatjara Land Rights Act, 1981, South Australia, States' rights
New South Wales
Text
1973-1998
Aboriginal Land Rights Act, 1983, land rights, Maralinga Tjarutja Land RIghts Act, 1983, New South Wales, States' rights
Victoria
Text
1983-1987
Aboriginal Land (Lake Condah and Framlingham Forest) Act, 1987, land rights, States' rights, Victoria
Queensland
Text
1978-1991
Aurukun, Deed of Grant in Trust, Fraser, Malcolm, land rights, Mer, Murray Island, Queensland, reserves, States' rights, Torres Strait
Western Australia
Text
1979-1984
Hawke, Bob, land rights, Noonkanbah, States' rights, Western Australia
High Court Challenge - WA vs Commonwealth
Topic
1995
backlash, Court, Richard, mining, native title, Native Title Act (1993), pastoral industry, WA v Commonwealth, Western Australia
Wik allies mount attack on premiers
Newspaper
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?
Newspaper
Jan, 20, 1997
Common Law, compensation, extinguishment, land tenure, National Native Title Tribunal, Native Title Act (1993), NSW Acquisition Act, Western Australia, Wik