Why Australia fails to protect its heritage – Reports

Julia Hurst is part of the Indigenous-Settler Relations Collaboration and a lecturer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander history at the University of Melbourne. 

MELBOURNE — The land now known as Australia is an invaded, colonized place. When the invaders arrived, they settled on the basis of the legal fiction of terra nullius, or land belonging to no one, despite the existence of more than 500 clans or nations of Traditional Owner groups.

Digging up this land is the cornerstone of…

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