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Water ownership is already a hot topic in Australia with the rights of those up and down the  river Murray in conflict. Into this debate comes the argument that  Aboriginal water rights need to be prioritised above the water rights and interests of other groups. Dr Virginia Marshall’s new book Overturning aqua nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights argues that Aboriginal water rights require legal recognition as property rights, and that water access and water infrastructure are essential if  Aboriginal communities are to have any chance of thriving economically..

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