Agreeing to terms: What is a ‘comprehensive’ agreement?

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Mar, 2004
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Agreeing to terms: What is a ‘comprehensive’ agreement?
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2:26

Disappointment with both the process and outcomes of Native Title litigation has led to an increased emphasis on agreement making, including ‘comprehensive’ agreement making. In seeking to define a ‘comprehensive agreement’, it is evident that a broad range of agreements currently fall under this general description. Dr Stuart Bradfield discusses a range of current Australian agreements, and (briefly) agreement making in Canada, and suggests that there is value in distinguishing ‘comprehensive agreements’ as a separate type of agreement with a broad subject matter and a distinct process of negotiation which is underpinned by recognition of Indigenous peoples as political entities.

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Land, rights, laws: Issues of Native Title
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