The Limits of Change
Mabo and Native Title 20 Years on
On 3 June 1992, the High Court of Australia handed down the Mabo decision, recognising the continuing rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the original inhabitants of the land under their own law and customs. In 2012, on the 20th anniversary of Mabo, the contributors present a story of a mixed aftermath. From the first years of expectation and debate to the bureaucracy that was to develop, this book makes clear that, even for those involved from the beginning, native title remains a tough terrain to navigate, though it is now an established part of the legal and political landscape.
Introduced by Mick Dodson, this is a narrative testified by those who were close to the Mabo case, the negotiations leading up to the Native Title Act, or who for the past two decades have helped shape native title outcomes. The book includes perspectives from native title claimants and holders, community, political and corporate leaders, lawyers and judges, academics, consultants and government bureaucrats. The authors dispel myths that continue to surround Mabo, drawing into question assumptions about the impact of the High Court's ruling and unresolved questions of justice for Indigenous Australians.
- 230mm x 155mm x 25mm
- Released June 2012
- ISBN 9780987135384
About the Author
Toni Bauman is an anthropologist, mediator, facilitator and trainer who has published widely and made presentations to a range of national and international audiences.
She has over thirty years’ experience in Indigenous matters including land and native title claims, consensus building, agreement-making, decision-making and dispute management processes, co-management of protected areas, government policy, program evaluation, feasibility studies, and governance training.
Toni was the chief investigator for the Indigenous Facilitation and Mediation Project at AIATSIS and acted as adviser to the Federal Court project that produced the publication Solid work you mob are doing: case studies in Indigenous dispute resolution and conflict management in Australia (Federal Court of Australia, 2009).
In 2011, Toni was appointed as a Research Affiliate at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and as a visiting scholar at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona.