Opportunity is there for the taking: legal and cultural principles to re-start discussion on Aboriginal heritage reform in WA

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Abstract

The Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA) was drafted at a time when there was no consultation with Indigenous peoples, and based on a Eurocentric, anthropologically grounded museum mentality that failed to understand that Indigenous heritage is living. All sides of the contemporary debate – Indigenous communities, the full range of the political spectrum and the mining industry – acknowledge that major reform is needed. This article provides guidance on how to achieve such reform – not in the sense of specific legislative provisions, but broad legal and cultural principles that must lead discussions about change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-369
JournalThe Australian Law Journal
Volume91
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2017

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