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Federal Court awards compensation of $3.3 million for loss of native title in historic decision

By Castledine Gregory • September 1st, 2016

On 24 August 2016 the Federal Court of Australia handed down the first ever judicial assessment of native title compensation in Australia, in Griffiths v Northern Territory (No 3) [2016] FCA 900 (Timber Creek). In the landmark decision, the Court ordered the Northern Territory to pay over $3.3 million to the Ngaliwurru and Nungali Peoples,more…

Draft Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Bill 2014 released for public comment

By Castledine Gregory • July 14th, 2014

The Department of Aboriginal Affairs (the Department) has released the Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Bill 2014 for public comment. The closing date for public submissions is Wednesday, 6 August 2014.   The draft bill proposes the following key changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA) (the Act):   Implementation of a ‘permit system’ – Consentsmore…

High Court confirms co-existence of native title rights in WA v Brown

By Castledine Gregory • April 28th, 2014

In Western Australia v Brown [2014] HCA 8,  the High Court unanimously held that the grant of mineral leases under a State agreement did not extinguish a native title party’s rights and interests in those areas because they were not wholly inconsistent with the exercise of those rights and interests.   The mineral leases were grantedmore…

ACNC Repeal Bill – Submissions due 2 May 2014

By Castledine Gregory • April 28th, 2014

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Repeal) Bill 2014 was referred to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee on 27 March 2014. Public submissions are due by 2 May 2014 and the Committee is due to report on 16 June 2014.   Forty peak bodies and not-for-profit leaders wrote to the Federal Government opposing the proposedmore…

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