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'Sovereignty' and treaty making between Indigenous peoples and Australian governments

11 Oct 2004

The idea of a treaty or treaties between Indigenous peoples and Australian governments has long been a subject of debate. One argument that often arises is the idea that such agreements are not achievable because they are inconsistent with Australian 'sovereignty'. Sean Brennan, Brenda Gunn and George Williams explore whether sovereignty is indeed a roadblock to modern treaty-making. They conclude, after analysing some common objections, that as a matter of public law the concept of sovereignty need not be an impediment to treaty-making in Australia.

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