Book Chapter

The Right to Land Versus the Right to Landscape: Lessons from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

J Walliss

The Right to Landscape: Contesting Landscape and Human Rights | Ashgate | Published : 2016

Abstract

The election of the Whitlam government in 1972, Australia’s first Labor government for 23 years, provided the necessary political impetus for the recognition of land rights. A newly declared multiculturalism signaled an end to a singular Anglo-Australian national identity, while the recognition of native title for Aboriginal people recast the nation conceptually and legislatively. National space formed a major avenue for government to construct a ‘new’ national image, one of the ‘few areas of policy formation’ comments cultural theorist Tony Bennett ‘in which the state can play so direct and leading a role in organizing the time-space co-ordinates of the nation’ (Bennett, 1995: 142). Nationa..

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