Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts Honours


School of Arts and Humanities

First Advisor

Professor Quen]n Beresford

Second Advisor

Dr Genevieve Hohnen


This thesis examines the extent to which state institutions and government have taken into account Indigenous rights and interests during the approval process for a large mining development. This case study focuses on the various phases of approval for the proposed Adani Carmichael Coal Mine, a significant development that has challenged the native title system in Australia. It assesses the extent to which the rights and interests of the Wangan and Jagalingou people, the traditional owners that possess a native title claim over the region, have been upheld by the National Native Title Tribunal and the State and Federal Government. This thesis employs multiple theoretical perspectives to explain the outcomes of the approval process. While this study aims to critically review the existing literature, the application of two liberal culturalist perspectives and the broader framework of critical race theory contribute added insights in the area of native title and resource developments.


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