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