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Native Title Research: What More Can Be Done?

James Rose

AIATSIS Native Title Conference: Our Country, Our Future | Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Straight Islander Studies and National Native Title Council | Published : 2011

Abstract

Native title research is frequently hampered by legal, financial and administrative features of the legislative regime. Not least among these is an inbuilt preference towards the retention of external research consultants in such a manner that the only tangible products are a report, genealogy and notebooks. These tend to be treated as discrete units of information with their value considered minimal after the resolution of relevant claims. There is an argument that internal research staff are better placed to accrue research data with longer-term value and applications, however such internal staff are often subordinated to consultants, frustrating their potential contributions. This paper a..

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