Fire Ecology, 2012
Volume 8, Issue 3
Fire-Stick Farming, with an Introduction by Aaron M. Petty
Author: Rhys Jones
When Rhys Jones published Fire-Stick Farming in 1969, the Australian state operated under the doctrine of terra nullius, which established that the continent was uninhabited at the time of European discovery and there for the taking. Aboriginal people had only just gained full recognition as citizens within the constitution in 1967 and were still over twenty years away from having their native title claims recognized and terra nullius negated in the High Court’s Mabo decision in 1992.