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Re-imagining land ownership in Australia

Re-imagining land ownership in Australia Postcolonial Studies, Vol 1, No 2, pp 237± 254, 1998 Re-imagining land ownership in Australia HELEN VERRAN A front page report in The Australian newspaper of 10 August 1994 began Cape York pastoralists and Aborigines have jointly called for state and federal governments to legislate ¼ a form of statutory co-existence of title on pastoral leases. ¼ [A] marathon seven-hour meeting in the Queensland town of Coen last week ¼ sought to address the uncertainty and ® nancial dif® culties ¯ owing to Cape York pastoralists from the Wik people’ s claim to a large area of Cape York, including 12 pastoral leases. These negotiations, begun by the Cape York Aborigines and pastoralists, and later joined by representatives of local tourist operators, did in due course lead to a form of agreement between these disparate interests. However, the develop- ing alliance was strongly opposed by the Queensland Government, which tried assiduously, although unsuccessfully, to bring negotiations to a halt. In 1994 the Wik people’ s claim to a large part of Cape York had every chance of being recognised in law, and that likelihood led to the development of new sorts of negotiating between Aborigines and pastoralists. The full http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Postcolonial Studies Taylor & Francis

Re-imagining land ownership in Australia

Postcolonial Studies , Volume 1 (2): 18 – Jul 1, 1998
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Postcolonial Studies, Vol 1, No 2, pp 237± 254, 1998 Re-imagining land ownership in Australia HELEN VERRAN A front page report in The Australian newspaper of 10 August 1994 began Cape York pastoralists and Aborigines have jointly called for state and federal governments to legislate ¼ a form of statutory co-existence of title on pastoral leases. ¼ [A] marathon seven-hour meeting in the Queensland town of Coen last week ¼ sought to address the uncertainty and ® nancial dif® culties ¯ owing to Cape York pastoralists from the Wik people’ s claim to a large area of Cape York, including 12 pastoral leases. These negotiations, begun by the Cape York Aborigines and pastoralists, and later joined by representatives of local tourist operators, did in due course lead to a form of agreement between these disparate interests. However, the develop- ing alliance was strongly opposed by the Queensland Government, which tried assiduously, although unsuccessfully, to bring negotiations to a halt. In 1994 the Wik people’ s claim to a large part of Cape York had every chance of being recognised in law, and that likelihood led to the development of new sorts of negotiating between Aborigines and pastoralists. The full

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Published: Jul 1, 1998

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