Essay on Rights of Indigenous Australia

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Running head:NATIVE TITLE RIGHTS AS INGREDIENT IN IMPROVING WELL-BEINGOF INDIGENEOUS AUSTRALIANSNATIVE TITLE RIGHTS AS INGREDIENT IN IMPROVING WELL-BEING OFINDIGENEOUS AUSTRALIANSName of the StudentName of the UniversityAuthor’s Note
1NATIVE TITLE RIGHTS AS INGREDIENT IN IMPROVING WELL-BEING OFINDIGENEOUS AUSTRALIANSIntroductionThe purpose of this essay is to explain about the importance of native title rights inenhancing the physical as well as mental well-being of Indigenous Australians. In Australia,native title rights refers to general law Aboriginal title doctrine, which means the indigenousindividuals have rights as well as interests to their respective lands that occurs from traditionalcustoms and is recognized by Australian law (Bauman and Lauder 2013). This means that thisproperty right highlights the relationship to land that is the foundation of indigenous people well-being. The rights that have been awarded through claims of native title are central to theIndigenous people’s ability in expressing and satisfying their linkage to this nation. Asindigenous people in Australia do not have equal chance to be healthy as non- indigenous people,the Australian government faces longstanding challenge to improve indigenous people healthstatus.DiscussionNative Title rights as key ingredient in improving the physical and mental well being ofIndigenous AustraliansIt has been opined byHowitt(2012) that, the native title rights influence the Indigenouspeople of Australia to maintain their way of living, which is liberated from oppression andinjustice. This native title right also has the potentiality in increasing the health as well as well-being of Indigenous Australians by positively affecting the determinants of people’s heath. Someeconomist argues that the potentiality of native title for improving Indigenous people well-beinghas not been realized. However, the holders of native title do not have sufficient resources in
2NATIVE TITLE RIGHTS AS INGREDIENT IN IMPROVING WELL-BEING OFINDIGENEOUS AUSTRALIANSdealing with the lands that these people desire. Native title rights also highlights on the changingrequirements as well as aspirations of Indigenous people in the market economy (Jamiesonet al.2012). The claimants of native title have access to vital economic leverage through native titlerights. This resulted to negotiation of several agreements across this nation for various purposesthat include registered agreements of land utilization. However, the people in Australia benefitsfrom the facts that they are vital stakeholders as well as players in the future economicdevelopment.Sources of economic inequality that led to poor physical health of Indigenous Australiansand link to dispossession of land rightsThe present health status of indigenous people in Australia reflects that the health statusof Aboriginal people has been poor as compared to other people in the nation. As a result, thereremains huge inequality gap in this country (Macleanet al.2013). For example, it has beenestimated that there has been 17 years gap of life expectancy between indigenous and non-indigenous people of this country. The socio-economic disadvantage that has been experiencedby Indigenous Australians places them at huge exposure risk to behavioral as well asenvironmental factors of health risk. This is because the greater proportion of indigenous peopleliving in this condition does not have good health. Moreover, indigenous people in this nationalso do not have equivalent access to basic health care as well as health infrastructure. Over theyears, there has been less progress in reducing the gap of inequality between indigenous and non-indigenous people.Besides this poor physical health has huge linkage to dispossession of land rights. It hasbeen stated by (), that the land rights are insufficient for improving health. This system of land
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