Always was and always will be Aboriginal water

By Scott Hamilton and Stuart Kells
Pursuit: The University of Melbourne
September 22, 20202

If we really care about closing the gap we need a serious discussion about Indigenous water rights and Indigenous voices in water management.

For 70,000 years or more, people have lived on the Australian continent.

They have adapted to its ecology and climate, building a rich tradition of art and culture and assembling a deep knowledge about the land and natural resource management.

It has been a rocky road in Australia towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Much of the conversation in recent decades has justifiably focused on rights to land – but what about water?

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