The Timber Creek claim is being seen as a test case for future Indigenous land rights compensation claims.
The decision will have huge implications for Indigenous peoples who have lost their land rights and for state and territory governments that may be liable for compensation.
Native title - the legal recognition of Indigenous Australian land rights - is determined under domestic law, not international law.
In an article published in the lead up to Australia Day, WA Liberal Party policy committee chairman Sherry Sufi said "native title can only exist if Australia was settled, not invaded". Is that right?
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Politics podcast: Anna Krien on the climate wars.
Anna Krien's latest Quarterly Essay explores the debates on climate change policy in Australia and the ecological effects of not acting.
Members of the W&J Traditional Owners Council outside the Federal Court.
The Carmichael coal mine requires a crucial native title agreement to build key infrastructure. But an Indigenous group is bringing legal action against Adani, which may create a fatal roadblock.
Eddie Koiki Mabo (left) and Jack Wailu on the Torres Strait island of Mer.
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The Mabo decision changed Australia's concept of land ownership. It was a divisive yet important step toward recognising Indigenous rights and establishing native title.
Certain traditional owners and conservation groups allied to stand against a planned gas hub in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.
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Relations between Indigenous peoples and environmentalists can be productive for both parties, but they will always be unstable.
Zuckerberg is just the latest in a long line of West Coast capitalists to purchase a slice of Hawaii.
Paul Keating recognised the significant opportunities – and political risks – the High Court’s Mabo decision presented.
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Cabinet papers reveal the extent to which the Keating government was torn between concern for fiscal responsibility and a desire to tackle Indigenous disadvantage and pursue meaningful reconciliation.
The Tent Embassy in Canberra has for decades been symbolic of the tensions in Australian cities about recognition, reconciliation and land justice.
Imagine if we did urban development in a way that honours Indigenous histories, knowledge and relationships with those places.
Most people against recognising Aboriginal customary law think there’s only one law in Australia.
Few in Australia understand the context and true meaning of customary law. Denials of its validity are often based on ignorance or on specific examples devoid of context.
Bradshaw rock paintings near King Edward River, Kimberley region of Western Australia.
Last week Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm was widely reported as suggesting that people other than Aboriginal Australians may have occupied the Australian continent in the past. At a doorstop…
In some parts of Australia, cattle properties have been hand over to the traditional owners, but for others the return of their land seems further away than ever.
The company built by 'Cattle King' Sidney Kidman is for sale. He enjoyed good relations with the Indigenous inhabitants, but proper recognition of their rights to their land seems ever more elusive.
Tim Wilson has advocated for native title reform at the National Press Club.
Aboriginal Australians are being denied the freedom to exercise their property rights under native title, Human Rights Commissioner…
Martha Koowarta, her late husband John and her Wik people have had to fight since the 1970s for their land rights in north Queensland to be properly recognised.
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This week’s Federal Court ruling that the Wild Rivers declarations introduced by the former Queensland Labor Government were rushed and invalid was the long-awaited result many Cape York Indigenous groups…
The High Court has ruled in favour of extending native title rights to a 44,000 square kilometre area of the Torres Strait Sea - the largest sea claim in Australian history.
It may have been 21 years since the landmark Mabo judgment recognised native title in Australia for the first time, but historic legal native title decisions are still taking place. The High Court of Australia…
Litigation surrounding current Noongar land title claims is convoluted and limiting, but will there be an adequate solution?
The current negotiations over the Noongar native title claim in the south-west corner of Australia reflect an important maturing of the native title resolution process. Beneath the photo opportunities…
Successful negotiations at James Price Point have been drowned out by the voices of protest.
Professor Marcia Langton opened this year’s Boyer Lectures with an observation that William Stanner’s 1968 Boyer Lectures had “given credence, perhaps inadvertently” to the idea that Aboriginal people…
Eddie Koiki Mabo (left) and Jack Wailu on the Torres Strait Island of Mer during the High Court challenge.
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Australians have just celebrated Mabo Day – this year marking the 20th anniversary of the landmark High Court decision that changed the course of land rights in Australia The case has special resonance…
The Canberra Aboriginal tent embassy. Should the protest in Musgrave Park be seen in the same light?
This weekend, South Brisbane will play host to the Paniyiri Festival, one of Australia’s largest cultural events. From May 19 to 20, thousands are expected to join the celebrations and delight themselves…
Mining companies are finally sharing the benefits with the native owners of the land.
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Aboriginal Australians living in remote areas have, for the past five decades, experienced at close quarters the ill-effects of large scale mining, while receiving few of the benefits. From Cape York…