Aboriginal Land Rights and Mineral Exploitation in Australia

Campbell, H. F. (2000) Aboriginal Land Rights and Mineral Exploitation in Australia. Discussion Paper No. 283, Department of Economics, The University of Queensland.

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Author Campbell, H. F.
Title Aboriginal Land Rights and Mineral Exploitation in Australia
School, Department or Centre Department of Economics
Institution The University of Queensland
Open Access Status Other
Report Number Discussion Paper No. 283
Publication date 2000-12-01
Subject 340202 Environment and Resource Economics
370103 Race and Ethnic Relations
Abstract/Summary This paper reviews the development of the concept of native title and its applications up to the passing of the Native Title Act Amendments of 1997. The history of native title prior to the Native Title Act 1993 is briefly outlines, and the main provisions of the Act are discussed. The operation of the right to negotiate process under the Act is then reviewed, and the application of the Act to pastoral leases is discussed. The record of success and failure of negotiation to resolve questions of access to mineral resources is then considered. The structure of property rights to mineral resources I Australia is briefly described, and conditions favouring an efficient outcome to bargaining between mining companies and native title claimants are analysed. Some studies of the effect of native title are briefly reviewed, and it is concluded that there is so far no evidence of any adverse effect.
Keyword mineral resources
Australian Aborigines
land rights
native title
pastoral leases

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