Recognizing Aboriginal Title: The Mabo Case and Indigenous Resistance to English-Settler Colonialism

TitleRecognizing Aboriginal Title: The Mabo Case and Indigenous Resistance to English-Settler Colonialism
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsRay, AJ
ISBN Number0005-2949
KeywordsBook reviews, Books, Civil rights movement, Equal rights, Law, POLITICS, Racial discrimination, Self government
Abstract

The Mabo decisions and others that followed soon afterward ignited a political firestorm; they prompted the federal government to draft legislation in the form of the Native Title Act (and subsequent amendments) that undid the "damage" the court had wrought; and they led the Court to beat a retreat from its bold attempt to reconcile Aborigines and setder interests by adopting a revisionist historical and legal perspective. In his truly impressive survey, Russell pays particular attention to the role that the international civil rights movement of the post-Second World War era played in leading Australia to pass the federal Racial Discrimination Act, 1973, which had profound implications for Aborigines' rights.