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Draft Research Agreement between The Kakadu Board of Management, on behalf of Aboriginal traditional owners, and Lisa Palmer (the Researcher)

Category: Agreement
Sub Category:Research Agreement
Place:
State/Country:Northern Territory, Australia
Subject Matter:Research
Summary Information:
A draft Research Agreement drawn up in 1998 and intended to be made between The Kakadu Board of Management, on behalf of Aboriginal traditional owners, and a PhD Researcher conducting fieldwork in Kakadu National Park. The draft agreement sets out the terms and conditions of the research to be conducted with Aboriginal traditional owners by the researcher. These terms and conditions involve issues of intellectual property and ethics, confidentiality and access to information.
Detailed Information:
An intention of the draft agreement was to provide Aboriginal traditional owners with a formal degree of control over the manner in which they would be represented in an academic thesis. However, while this draft research agreement received in principal support from the Kakadu Board of Management, it remains unsigned. Legal advice to the Board from the Australian Government Solicitor advised that because the Kakadu Board of Management is not a statutory body it can not be a party to a legally binding agreement. It was suggested by these advisors that the agreement be made between the Director of National Parks and Wildlife and the PhD Researcher and declared that the Director, holding a statutory position, would act in accordance with the wishes of the Kakadu Board of Management on behalf of Aboriginal traditional owners. However, as the intention of the draft agreement was to make a direct agreement with the Kakadu Board of Management on behalf of Aboriginal traditional owners, not to make an agreement with an Australian Government official who could not directly represent their interests in the research, this agreement remains unsigned.

Related Entries

Organisation
  • Kakadu Board of Management - Aboriginal Representative Party
  • Centre for Indigenous Natural and Cultural Resource Management, Northern Territory University

  • References

    Resource
    (2002) Draft Research Agreement

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    Research Agreement

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