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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Aborigines granted sea rights by High Court

ABORIGINES are entitled to exclusive access to a large swathe of the Northern Territory's coast, the High Court has upheld.
In a landmark decision in Canberra today, the High Court dismissed an appeal by the territory government.
It found traditional owners had the right to exclude fishermen and others from tidal waters within Blue Mud Bay in northeast Arnhem Land.
The ruling upholds a decision by the full bench of the Federal Court early last year, which sparked protest from the NT Government and fishing industry.
The Federal Court granted Aboriginal people from Blue Mud Bay access to the tidal waters abutting their land between the high and low water marks.



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