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.
|Journal||The Australian Law Journal|
|Publication status||Published - May 2017|