This article reviews amendments introduced in 2006 to the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 to provide for a new type of leasing on Aboriginal land called ‘township leasing’. While the township leasing is commonly discussed with reference to ‘communal ownership’ and ‘individual ownership’, the article argues that their real impact is to implement new governance arrangements for land use decision-making in remote Aboriginal communities in a manner that transfers authority to central governments. The article contains a detailed analysis of the amendments as well as of the two existing township leases.
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Leon Terrill, "The Days of the Failed Collective: Communal Ownership, Individual Ownership and Township Leasing in Aboriginal Communities in the Northern Territory" (August 2010). University of New South Wales Faculty of Law Research Series 2010. Working Paper 29.