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Melanie Durette


Indigenous legal rights to freshwater: Australia in the international context

The paper undertakes a comparative overview of the law as it pertains to Indigenous rights in freshwater in four countries: the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. It is organised around four themes of particular concern to contemporary Indigenous Australians: ownership of water, water...

Indigenous property rights in commercial fisheries

Through a detailed comparison with Canada and New Zealand, Melanie Durette demonstrates that the Australian government's approach to Indigenous customary and commercial fishing rights stands outside developments in other Commonwealth countries. The paper focuses on commercial fishing in particular as an opportunity for Indigenous people...