Beyond native title: the Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations

Jessica Weir

Steven L Ross

Oct, 2007
Page number: 
185-201
Product type: 
Journal article
Research outputs
Volume title: 
The Social Effects of Native Title: Recognition, translation, coexistence
Volume number: 
27

In the more densely settled south east part of Australia, narrow understandings of 'tradition' at the common law, and the extinguishing effect of certain categories of land tenure, has limited the potential of native title to recognise the laws and customs of traditional owners. Instead, traditional owners are asserting their traditional authority irrespective of native title outcomes. This paper engages with this context in relation to the Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN), an organisation that has formed as an alliance of ten traditional owner groups from along the River Murray and its tributaries. It is argued that the rhetoric of this alliance consolidates the native title trend of emphasising a traditional authority that exists in a distinctly separate Indigenous domain. However, the work of the alliance is deeply intertwined with government structures and processes within intercultural Australian society. Indeed, native title law has had a particular effect on the mobilisation of this alliance.

Journal title: 
CAEPR Research Monograph
Last reviewed: 31 Aug 2018