Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations

Produces a wide range of publications including:

Weir, J. 2008 ‘Connectivity‘, Australian Humanities Review

Weir, J. 2008 ‘Connectivity‘, Australian Humanities Review, 45, pp.153-164.

“We need to push the current re-examination of water management further, and move the focus to our life-sustaining connections with rivers; this is what I am calling ‘connectivity thinking’.  -Weir, J



Weir, J. 2006 “Making the connection between water and sustaining Indigenous cultural life“, People, Practice and Policy, April 2006.

“Jessica Weir explores an issue unforgivably ignored in water policy and management until recently: Indigenous understanding and use of, and rights to, water. The research goes beyond describing a gap in understanding and moves on to implications and models for moving forward. The recognition of Indigenous water issues in the National Water Initiative is an advance, but the lack of capacity to progress this recognition in water planning and allocation remains a challenge. Jessica points to ways in which this can be done.” -AIATSIS


Weir J and S Ross 2007 “Beyond Native Title: Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations”, in F Morphy and B R Smith (eds), The Social Effects of Native Title: Recognition, Translation, Coexistence, CAEPR Research Monograph No. 27, ANU E-Press.

“The papers in this collection reflect on the various social effects of native title. In particular, the authors consider the ways in which the implementation of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cwlth), and the native title process for which this Act legislates, allow for the recognition and translation of Aboriginal law and custom, and facilitate particular kinds of coexistence between Aboriginal title holders and other

In so doing, the authors seek to extend the debate on native title beyond questions of practice and towards an improved understanding of the effects of native title on the social lives of Indigenous Australians and on Australian society more generally.” -Australian National University



indigenous-law-bulletinMorgan M, Strelein L and J Weir 2004 Indigenous Nations of the Murray Darling Basin, Indigenous Law Bulletin, Vol 5, no 29, pp 17-20.

Since 1981 the Indigenous Law Bulletin (‘ILB’) has provided Indigenous and non-Indigenous readers from diverse personal and professional backgrounds with quality commentary on the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the law. The ILB provides a space for people in the community to write about the impact of the Australian legal system upon Indigenous Australians. It has facilitated discussion, celebrated legal achievements and attracted commentary from some of the country’s leading legal minds.”

Indigenous Law Centre, UNSW Australia