Eric Ripper

Eric Ripper

Deputy Premier; Treasurer; Minister for State Development

    State Government congratulates Yawuru people on Full Federal Court decision

    2/05/2008 12:00 AM

    The State Government today congratulated the Yawuru people following the Full Federal Court decision to reaffirm their native title rights and interests over Broome.


    Acting Premier Eric Ripper said the State Government had appealed Justice Merkel’s decision to seek clarification on matters of principle, and had not challenged facts that had been presented by the Yawuru people.


    “The Government had only appealed decisions in the native title arena that appeared inconsistent with principles established by previous decisions,” Mr Ripper said.


    “The State Government has been negotiating with the Yawuru people since 2006 on the basis of Justice Merkel’s decision.


    “We welcome the decision of the Full Federal Court.”


    The Acting Premier said the decision of the Full Federal Court would be useful to the ongoing negotiations between the State and Yawuru people.


    “The State Government will be considering the implications that this reasonably complex legal decision may have for native title negotiations and will be liaising with the Commonwealth Government,” he said.


    “The Government remains committed to resolving native title matters by agreement where possible.  This policy relies heavily on clarity and certainty in the law.”


    Mr Ripper said the Government had an excellent track record in negotiating native title outcomes.


    The Gallop/Carpenter Governments have negotiated 13 consent determinations, covering 541,000 square kilometres of land.


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