Agreeing to Terms: What is a ‘Comprehensive’ Agreement?

Agreeing to Terms: What is a ‘Comprehensive’ Agreement? Report

AIATSIS Issues Paper

  • Author(s): Stuart Bradfield
  • Published: 2004
  • Publisher: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies; Native Title Research Unit
  • Volume: Land, Rights, Laws: Issues of Native Title

Abstract: Disappointment with both the process and outcomes of native title litigation has led to an increased emphasis on agreement making, including ‘comprehensive’ agreement making. In seeking to define a ‘comprehensive agreement’, it is evident that a broad range of agreements currently fall under this general description. Dr Stuart Bradfield discusses a range of current Australian agreements, and (briefly) agreement making in Canada, and suggests that there is value in distinguishing ‘comprehensive agreements’ as a separate type of agreement with a broad subject matter and a distinct process of negotiation which is underpinned by recognition of Indigenous peoples as political entities.

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Stuart Bradfield, 2004, Agreeing to Terms: What is a ‘Comprehensive’ Agreement?, Volume:Land, Rights, Laws: Issues of Native Title, Report, viewed 16 June 2024,

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