Hon Michael Mischin LLB (Hons) BJuris (Hons) MLC

Hon Michael Mischin LLB (Hons) BJuris (Hons) MLC

Former Attorney General; Minister for Commerce

    Native title determination for the Pilbara

    7/12/2016 11:30 AM
    • Ngarlawangga people successful in their application for native title rights
    • Marks the 64th native title determination for WA

    The Federal Court of Australia has handed down a determination recognising that the Ngarlawangga people hold native title covering about 6,100 square kilometres of land in the central Pilbara region.


    Attorney General Michael Mischin attended today's determination, which was made with the consent of all parties, including the Western Australian Government.


    "This determination provides for the recognition of non-exclusive possession native title rights and interests in relation to the Ngarlawangga native title application area," Mr Mischin said.


    "I congratulate the Ngarlawangga people on their achievement, and look forward to establishing an enduring relationship between the Government and the Ngarlawangga community to discuss opportunities to build a sustainable and productive future."


    The Attorney General said Western Australia continued to lead the nation in recognising native title rights, with native title determined over more than 1.26 million square kilometres of the State.


    "Today's determination marks the 64th native title determination in WA and is the 12th consent determination to occur in the State since December 2015," he said.


    "When the Liberal National Government was elected in 2008, there were 24 determinations in total.  Eight years later, 40 determinations have been added to this list, of which 33 have been consent determinations finalised by agreement with claimants."


    Fact File

    • The Native Title Act 1993 sets out that a native determination can be made by an Australian court (such as the Federal Court or High Court) or another 'recognised body.'  A recognised body must be a court, office, tribunal or body of a State or Territory that the Commonwealth Attorney-General has formally recognised to make determinations in relation to areas of particular land or waters
    • A court or recognised body is allowed to make a determination without holding a hearing, where there is agreement (consent) between the parties, or where the orders sought by the applicants are unopposed

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