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An Expression Of Sovereignty
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The recognition of native title acknowledged the legitimacy and authority of Indigenous law. The High Court rejected any idea of a sovereign, or independent indigenous population able to challenge the authority of the state.

But, it was prepared to look at Australia's internal arrangements and recognised the right of Indigenous peoples to collectively own, control and make laws for their own land.

And while the Mabo decision was restricted to land title, some form of self-government is strongly implied by native title, because it involves the control and management of land according to indigenous law and custom.

Self government is a form of autonomy, or sovereignty, regardless of how limited it may be.
Malo's Laws
Topic
 
Christianity, clans, Malo, Malo's laws, Meriam culture, religion
Time Immemorial
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Mabo Case, Mabo, Edward Koiki, native title
Land Boundaries
Topic
 
boundary markers, clans, inheritance, land ownership, land use, oral tradition
Meriam Land
Topic
 
inheritance, land ownership, Meriam culture, Meriam history, oral tradition
Native Title & Sovereignty
Topic
 
indigenous people, native title, sovereignty
Belonging To Country
Topic
 
aborigines, Australia, dreamtime, indigenous Australians, land ownership, land rights, sacred
A Sacred Landscape
Topic
 
aboriginal property ownership, anthropology, Australia, clans, dispossession, kinship, land ownership, religion, sacred
The Laws Of Malo
Topic
 
indigenous law, Malo's laws, Malo-Bomai, Meriam culture, Meriam history, Murray Island, religion, sacred, sacred
Malo's Law
Topic
 
Malo's laws, Malo-Bomai, Meriam culture, Meriam history, Murray Island, religion, sacred
Recent Changes To International Law
Topic
 
decolonisation, human rights, International law, Racial Discrimination Act , 1975 , treaties, United Nations
Sacred Order
Topic
 
Las, Malo's laws, Malo-Bomai, Meriam culture, religion, sacred
Sovereignty & Indigenous Self-Government
Topic
 
Mabo judgement, native title, sovereignty
Malo-Bomai
Topic
 
aboriginal law, Las, Malo's laws, Malo-Bomai, religion, sacred
Secession in the Kimberlys
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High Court of Australia, Kimberleys, land tenure, Western Australia