Native Title and Indigenous Empowerment

Venue: 
Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers, Level 37, 2 Park Street, Sydney
Organisation: 
Co-Hosted by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and the Indigenous Law Centre, UNSW
Time: 
5.30 pm - 7.30 pm
Date: 
Tue, 2015-11-24

 

The Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and the Indigenous Law Centre staged ‘Native Title and Indigenous Empowerment’, a panel discussion and book event, in Sydney on 18 November 2015. It followed the publication of ‘Native Title from Mabo to Akiba: A Vehicle for Change and Empowerment?’ by The Federation Press.

The panel featured Jason Behrendt, one of Australia's leading native title and land rights lawyer, and Dr Valerie Cooms, a member of the National Native Title Tribunal, as well as the book's editors, Sean Brennan, Megan Davis, Brendan Edgeworth and Leon Terrill.

A video of the panel discussion is available below.

An audio recording of the panel discussion is available here.

The panel discussed the relationship between native title, land rights and Indigenous political and economic empowerment, including the roles played by Indigenous organisations, governments and the courts. Other topics included the COAG Investigation into Indigenous land, the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia, the legal definition of native title as a property interest, the version of land reform being pursued in Australia on Indigenous land and the attractions of regional settlements.

The discussion was staged at the premises of Gilbert + Tobin, who offered generous support for the event.

The flyer for the event is here.

For a review essay in Inside Story by Michael Dillon about the book ‘Native Title from Mabo to Akiba: A Vehicle for Change and Empowerment?’click here.