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Discovering Indigenous LandsThe Doctrine of Discovery in the English Colonies$
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Robert J. Miller, Jacinta Ruru, Larissa Behrendt, and Tracey Lindberg

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199579815

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579815.001.0001

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The Doctrine of Discovery in Australia

The Doctrine of Discovery in Australia

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(p.171) 6 The Doctrine of Discovery in Australia
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Discovering Indigenous Lands
Author(s):

Robert J Miller

Jacinta Ruru

Larissa Behrendt

Tracey Lindberg

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579815.003.0006

This chapter explores the ways in which the Doctrine of Discovery was used to justify the assertion of British sovereignty over Australia and its indigenous peoples, and is continued to be used to justify its colonization. It looks particularly at the development of the legal fiction of terra nullius.

Keywords:   Aboriginal peoples, Doctrine of Discovery, British sovereignty, Australia, terra nullius

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