William McMahon
1971-1972

Indigenous land laws are incapable of recognition by the Australian common law. Native title does not form part of the law of any part of Australia. We have decided to create a new form of lease rather than attempt simply to translate the Aboriginal affinity with the land into some form of legal right under the Australian system.

Indigenous Perspective

So, I am Michael Anderson and we are here on the lawns of parliament house on Australia Day as the Aboriginal Embassy. As soon as they start tearing up Arnhem land we’re going to start tearing up bits of Australia… The land was taken from us by force… we shouldn’t have to lease it… our spiritual beliefs are connected with the land.