Rent and reparation: how the law shapes Indigenous opportunities from large renewable energy projects
LOCAL ENVIRONMENT | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2021
This paper examines the potential for benefit-sharing from large-scale renewable energy projects in Australia on land held under customary ownership. I argue that the growing body of scholarship on accumulation by energy dispossessions needs to be balanced by attention to the opportunities for beneﬁt-sharing by Indigenous landholding interests. I remain open to the possibility that rent-seeking can create value for historically marginalised and formerly dispossessed Indigenous communities. Following a recent sustained period of Aboriginal repossession of land, benefits can flow to Aboriginal landholders and managers based on the strength and durability of traditional and novel property right..View full abstract
An earlier version of this article was presented to the "Energy infrastructure transitions and environmental governance" Workshop funded by the University of Bergen, 2-5 February 2020. The author acknowledges the useful feedback of the workshop participants. The author would also like to acknowledge the assistance of Professor John Altman, Australian National University, and Professor Lisa Palmer, University of Melbourne, for their insightful comments on earlier drafts. All errors are the author's responsibility alone.