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Land Rights at Risk? Evaluations of the Reeves Report.

Land Rights at Risk? Evaluations of the Reeves Report

John C. Altman, Francis Morphy and Timothy Rowse (eds) Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Australian National University, Canberra (CAEPR Research Monograph 14) [introduction and 16 papers by various authors], 1999, 202pp, $20 plus postage and handling; available from CAEPR:

Land Rights at Risk? is an edited compilation of papers presented at a two-day conference organised by the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, and the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology of The Australian National University in March 1999. The conference brought together experts in several disciplines to assess the report of the Review of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act, conducted by John Reeves QC (`The Reeves Report'). The collected papers provide a sustained critique of the report from a broad discipline base. The impetus for the conference and this subsequent monograph emerged from the concern of academics that not only was the quality of the research underlying the Reeves Report deficient but that the work of academics had been `selectively quoted, misinterpreted and misunderstood'.

The Reeves Report was subsequently subjected to an inquiry by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs to which this volume undoubtedly made a contribution, resulting in the recommendation of the Reeves Report remaining largely unimplemented. The collection, however, maintains relevance in its commentary and analysis of the Northern Territory land rights regime and to the major themes of the relationship between land and economic well-being, the prospects of regionalism, and the relevance of anthropology to public policy.
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Title Annotation:Review
Author:Strelein, Lisa
Publication:Australian Aboriginal Studies
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Mar 22, 2000
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