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1 Wet Tropics Rainforest Aboriginal Peoples’ Governance Context and Projects Jim Turnour, The Cairns Institute, JCU working in partnership with the Rainforest Aboriginal Peoples’ Alliance

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3 Rainforest Aboriginal peoples 8 language groups 20 tribal groups north 2 central 9 south9 ~ 120 RAP clans, ~ 600 family groups ~80 RAP legal entities including > 18 Prescribed Body Corporates, 3 Cultural Heritage Bodies, >18 Land Trusts ~ 20,000 Rainforest Aboriginal persons Sub-regional RAP bodies eg Girringun 2 Land Councils – NQLC and CYLC > 25 years of a regional RAP body

4 South of Cooktown, Kalkajaka (Yalanji, Black Mountain) incl Mowbray River 2 RNTBCs 2 Tribal Groups, both with NT Determinations Largest (1/3 rd ) WT Protected Area ILUA 6 LGA ILUAs with 3 Councils IPA almost whole area 230 sq km + 10 rangers Central – Wangetti to Kurramine Beach incl Tablelands Chooreechillum (Ngadjon language, Mt Bartle Frere) 11 RNTBCs, sub regional group CentralWTICCAC 8 tribal groups, 12 political entities - 8 with NT Determinations 6 of the 11 WT Protected Area ILUAs 27 of the 37 WT ILUAS, with 5 LGAs IPA towards Yarrabah, 8 sq km + 4 rangers IPA potential 300 sq km Mission Beach to Paluma Mt Spec Munan Gumburu (Nwaigi language) 5 RNTBCs, sub regional group Girringun 10 Tribal Groups, 5 with NT Determinations 4 of the 11 WT Protected Area ILUAs 5 LGA ILUAs with 3 Councils IPA almost whole area + 13 rangers Managing country and culture Wet Tropics Bioregion – Statutory and non-statutory agreements

5 20 Tribal Groups, all but 5 Determinations, 3 IPAs for half the groups 80 CNRM legal entities incl >18 RNTBC/PBCs + 15 land trusts and other land management bodies 9 Local Governments 11 State Agencies 8 Commonwealth Agencies Researchers NGOs Wider communit y The Public

6 Projects Indigenous Economic Development and Sustainable Livelihoods for Northern Australia – Jim Turnour PhD as part of Northern Futures CRN Which Way Australia’s Rainforest Bama Culture – Indigenous Heritage Fund Project funded by the Australian Government

7 Theoretical Frameworks  Post Colonial Theory  Neoliberalism as policy framework, ideology and governmentality  Sustainable Livelihoods Approach and Framework Methodology  Case Study Methodology: Single case multiple units of analysis  Qualitative interviews across northern Australia  Discussion papers informing structured negotiations with governments

8 A few general references I have found useful Neoliberalism  Larner, W. (2000). Neo-liberalism: Policy, ideology, governmentality. Studies in political economy, 63.  Harvey, D. (2005). A brief history of neoliberalism, Oxford University Press  Gane, N. (2013). "The emergence of neoliberalism: Thinking through and beyond Michel Foucault’s lectures on biopolitics." Theory, Culture & Society:  Peck, J. (2010). Constructions of neoliberal reason, Oxford University Press.  Sullivan, P. (2011). Belonging Together: Dealing with the politics of disenchantment in Australian Indigenous affairs Policy. Aboriginal Studies Press. Livelihoods  Chambers, R. and G. Conway (1992). "Sustainable rural livelihoods: practical concepts for the 21st century.“  Scoones, I. (2009). "Livelihoods perspectives and rural development." The Journal of Peasant Studies 36(1):  Davies J., et al. (2008). "Applying the sustainable livelihoods approach in Australian desert Aboriginal development." RANGELAND JOURNAL 30(1):  APO NT, Ed. (2011). Creating and supporting sustainable livelihoods: A Proposal for a New Remote Participation, Employment and Enterprise Development Scheme. Darwin, Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory. Post colonial theory  Nakata, M. (2007).The cultural interface. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 36(5), 2–14.  Rigney, L. I. (1999). Internationalization of an indigenous anticolonial cultural critique of research methodologies: a guide to indigenist research methodology and its principles. Wicazo Sa Review, 14(2),  Smith, L. T. (1999). Decolonizing methodologies: Research and indigenous peoples. New York: St. Martin’s Press.  Christie, M. (2014). Decolonizing Methodology in an Arnhem Land Garden. Cross/Cultures, (173), 57.


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