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The Aboriginal concept of land ownership is different to Western understanding of land tenure The western concept basically sees land as an economic resource that can be exploited in a number of different ways by purchase development and extraction of resources using several forms of tenure such as leasehold and freehold title to denote legal ownership or rights to use a particular geographical area Traditional Australian Aborigines believed that each member of their social groups occupied precisely the same territory that had been created by and had been occupied by their ancestors - as a result of particular Dreamtime events As a hunter-gatherer society their land was an economic resource But their Dreamtime stories or myths myths in the sense of being narrative material that led to belief taught the people that they had a personal relationship with their land and all it contained We will expand on these points later However the Aboriginal understanding of my land my country was formally recognized by the Australian legal system in 1992 by the High Court of Australia in the Mabo decision The Court established that before colonization the continent of Australia was owned by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people under a tenure called native title Aboriginal land ownership - The Whitemans perspective Prior to the Mabo decision it was generally imagined but with great injustice as well as incorrectness that the native have no idea of property in land or proprietary rights connected with it Nothing can be further from the truth than this assumption although men of high character and standing and who are otherwise benevolently disposed towards the natives have distinctly denied this right and maintained that the natives were not entitled to have any choice of land reserved for them out of their own possessions and in their respective districts As far as my own observations has extended I have found that particular districts having a radius
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