Although most native title holders have had specific rights to protect places of significance recognised by Australian law, many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are finding it harder than ever to prevent the destruction of such sites in the face of development. Few state or territory governments have reformed heritage laws to accommodate native title rights, conflict over site destruction is regularly front page news, and the authorised destruction of sites remains one of the greatest threats to Australia's Indigenous heritage estate.
This multi-discplinary volume features contributions from lawyers, anthropologists, archaeologists and Indigenous community leaders to explore from different perspectives the intersection of native title and Indigenous heritage regimes around the country. Together they chart the history of advocacy and policy development and highlight the successes, limitations, inequalities and opportunities of current arrangements.
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and contributors 2016