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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24666

Title: Tides of History and Jurisprudential Gulfs: Native Title Proof and the Noongar Western Australia Claim
Authors: Young, Simon
Keywords: Indigenous Law Journal
Issue Date: 1-Apr-2010
Publisher: Indigenous Law Journal
Abstract: Recent native title litigation in Australia, over the important Noongar claim to areas in the south west of the country, highlight some persistent difficulties and troubling trends in Australian native title law. The Federal Court trial and appeal decisions (of 2006 and 2008 respectively) provide telling confirmation that the Australian approach to proof of native title entitlement is a mix of foundational ambiguity, theoretical complexity, moral controversy and practical uncertainty. This article traces the development of the relevant principles in Australian law, up to and including the dissonant Noongar decisions, and advances some potential doctrinal clarifications. It also seeks to underline the risk that prolonged litigation in this field can be an expensive and unhelpful distraction from meaningful progress.
Description: BA, LLB(Hons) (Qld), AMusA, LLM(QUT), PhD(Dist)(W Aust), Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Western Australia. This article builds on a short note published by the author in the Australian Property Law Bulletin ("One Step Forward and One Step Back: The Noongar South-west Native Title Claim" (2008) 23(2) APLB 14). For broader and more detailed analysis of the Australian developments, see Simon Young, The Trouble with Tradition: Native Title and Cultural Change (Federation Press, NSW, 2008)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24666
ISSN: 1703-4566
Rights: Indigenous Law Journal
Appears in Collections:Volume 8, Issue 1 (2010)

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