Australia’s Agreements with the International Community and its Performance with Regard to the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Michelle Saunders


By ratifying Agenda 21, the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Millennium Development Goals, Australia made binding agreements with the global community with regard to the rights of Indigenous peoples. Despite this commitment, Australia’s governmental and governance structures continue to deny many Indigenous people the principles of equitable natural resource management and its benefits, as defined in the international conventions. Highlighting a trepang survey in Arnhem Land, a rural Indigenous community in Eidsvold and proposals from the Waitangi Tribunal, this essay discusses Australia’s obligations to the international community and analyses its performance in relation to Indigenous equity and well-being.


Indigenous Rights; Equitable Natural Resource Management; Accountability; Identity Politics; Well-being; Economic Development

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