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By Dennis Rumley

The suggestion for this ebook emerged from a talk among Vivian Forbes and Charles Eaton following seminars held within the division of Geography on the college of Western Australia given through Trevor So?eld and Christopher Grif?n greater than ?ve years in the past. One seminar concerned papers from Charles Eaton and Christopher Grif?n at the contemporary Speight coup in Fiji; the opposite, given via Trevor So?eld, used to be at the Solomon Islands. The seminars have been attended through, between others, Dennis Rumley, who on becoming concerned within the dialog, steered the belief of a publication after which via on its scope, constitution, making plans, and attainable members. in retrospect now, we owe a unique debt of gratitude to Charles Eaton either for his enthusiasm and his principles then, and for his persisted help through the entire venture. seeing that that point ?ve years in the past, many of us have boarded and feature left the Arc. certainly, the very venture itself exhibited a level of instability. now and then, it even regarded as if it may well no longer remain a?oat. fortunately, numerous early boarders remained ?rmly anchored. different authors have been co-opted later, a few at rather brief realize, one or of them lower than light duress. We expand our heartfelt because of all of those individuals for ultimate sufferer, enthusiastic, and maintaining religion with the undertaking. certainly, a venture like this, facing one of these huge and dynamic area, will continually be out-of-date.

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In the Australian context, the issue of native title claim may prove to be a challenge. 3 The Interests of Indigenous Australians There are several processes under way to identify and agree upon indigenous peoples’ interests in the oceans, including those relating to marine management and conservation aspirations and responsibilities, fishing rights, and continued access to traditional marine resources. The cultural and economic importance of the coastal zone and adjacent sea for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is acknowledged and recognized, and this will continue as indigenous communities play an important part in the development of integrated approaches to the planning and management of marine resources.

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Finally, a unique zone, termed Coastal Waters, introduced by a special Settlement between Federal and States Governments is a width of sea of three nautical miles immediately adjacent to a State or Territory of Australia. 1 Offshore Constitutional Settlement In the early 1970s when the States challenged the Commonwealth’s assertion of sovereignty under the Seas and Submerged Lands Act 1973 over the then three-nautical mile Territorial Sea, the High Court upheld the Commonwealth’s assertion. At the Premiers’ Conference, 29 June 1979, the Commonwealth and States completed an agreement of great importance for the settlement of contentious and complex offshore constitutional issues known as the Offshore Constitutional Settlement (Attorney-General’s Department, 1980).

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