Land and livelihoods in Papua New Guinea (2015)

A slow motion drama is in play in Melanesia, above all in Papua New Guinea, where the ‘omissions’ of the colonial era are being addressed by neo-colonial forces. The economic interest of the big powers has its focus on land – always a key resource but increasingly valuable in times of multiple food, financial, energy and ecological crises. Continue reading “Land and livelihoods in Papua New Guinea (2015)”

Land rights and Aboriginal voices (Gary Foley and Tim Anderson, 2006)

This article explains Australian Aboriginal land rights as the just claim of a long historical movement, driven by Aboriginal voices of resistance to dispossession. The land rights movement – demanding the return of land stolen from Aboriginal communities, or compensation for dispossession – grew out of civil rights campaigns, stretching back to the beginning of the 20th century. National land rights claims grew in the 1960s and 70s, leading to a series of partial victories, but for a minority of Aboriginal communities. Continue reading “Land rights and Aboriginal voices (Gary Foley and Tim Anderson, 2006)”

On the economic value of customary land in Papua New Guinea (2006)

In discussing the economic value of customary land in Papua New Guinea, we must recognise the ongoing polemic over land use. Much of this debate is driven by special interest groups seeking access to customary land. Customary landowners in Papua New Guinea, on the other hand, have been mostly well served by their system of custodianship. The practical question, however, is whether small-scale landowners are able to pursue the best income-generating opportunities while holding onto the various social and subsistence advantages provided by their customary lands? Continue reading “On the economic value of customary land in Papua New Guinea (2006)”