Aborigines win 'native title' over Perth
The Noongar Aborigines, traditional owners of the land surrounding Western Australia's capital city, Perth, have won legal recognition of their ownership in a landmark court ruling.
In the first successful claim by Aborigines to an Australian state capital, the Noongar will now have the right to hunt, fish and guard sacred sites in the area, which covers around 6,000 sq km.
The ruling will not affect private homes or businesses. Both the state and federal governments have vowed to appeal the decision.
A spokesman for the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council said he is disappointed that the federal government plans to appeal. 'The Noongar people put their case to the court with great dignity and patience and great heart, they were subject to the full rigours of the court process and cross examination and so forth and a judge with knowledge of all the law that's gone before and all of the evidence made a decision, and it's disappointing that the Commonwealth [federal government] hasn't accepted that,' he said.
Related news articles
- Progress can kill: shocking photos highlight tribes’ health crisis February 8, 2016
- Mining firm fined for ruining Aboriginal sacred site August 2, 2013
- Aboriginal anger at gas project plans October 8, 2010
- Survival International responds to false media reports that BBC admits wrongdoing over its exposé of tiger reserve killings November 19, 2018
- Outrage at Prince William’s “racist” conservation video October 11, 2018
- Charles writes open letter to William and Harry ahead of key wildlife conference October 10, 2018
- Mass arrests in Papua as UN meets October 4, 2018