With most of the apprehension, uncertainty and fear that was associated initially with native title has dissipated, this paper examines the areas in which the legislation and native title processes could be improved.
The paper examines the following issues:
• What native title issues need to be resolved?
• Can these be sequenced or must they be dealt with together?
• How do the parties deal with competing demands on their time and resources?
• What are the options for broader or alternative settlements?
• What roles do the Federal Court and the National Native Title Tribunal have in resolving these issues – or helping parties to resolve them?
• What difference will the 2009 amendments to the Native Title Act make to how the Court and the Tribunal operate?