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'What do we want?': A political history of Aboriginal land rights in New South Wales
Heidi Norman
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‘What do we want?’ is the first study of the most far-reaching and innovative Aboriginal land rights laws in the country. Heidi Norman tells a story full of possibility, tensions and entanglements as Aboriginal people took up the political demand of self-determination and worked to address their community disadvantage, all the while grappling with the expectations of government.

The laws provided a mechanism for land recovery and a compensatory funding stream. Yet chronic disadvantage continues for many Aboriginal people in NSW and Aboriginal land councils are yet to fully realise the expectations of their members as they focus their efforts on profitable enterprises to resource community social and cultural initiatives.
Dr Heidi Norman is a Senior Lecturer in the Communications Program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is a descendant of the Gomeroi people of north-western NSW.

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