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'Like a template for a climate-changing world, Australia – the driest inhabited continent on Earth – exists in an imaginative and emotional landscape shaped from extremities. Situated within the geopolitical region of Australasia/Oceania, Australia’s trans-Tasman relations with earthquake-prone Aotearoa (“land of the long white cloud”) began in1788 when New Zealand was included within the British colony of New South Wales. New Zealand, however, was never a penal colony and separation from its rough cousin came after Māori (consolidated under a single language) signed the Treaty of Waitangi with the British Crown in1840 – itself a marker of difference between the First Nations of both countries. Australian Aborigines, scattered across the continent, each nation speaking its own language – saw land rights withheld under the illegal fiction of terra nullius, “nobody’s land.”'

Source: Introduction

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