Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, today congratulated the Wik, Lama Lama and Umpila traditional owner groups who today had a Federal Court win against development restrictions imposed under the former Queensland Labor Government’s Wild Rivers laws.
The judgment said the Archer Basin, Lockhart Basin and Stewart Basin declarations, restricting development in those parts of Cape York, in far north Queensland, are invalid and have no effect.
Minister Scullion said this was a huge win for Indigenous people.
“It is good to see Indigenous Australians being granted back the right to determine, as custodians, how they would conserve and develop land for the betterment of their communities,” Minister Scullion said.
“It goes a long way to support the underlying principle that Indigenous people should be able to do whatever they want with their own land.
“The decision by the former Labor government was forged as a result of the toxic marriage between the Greens and Labor and it is good to see commonsense prevail.”
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2014-06-17 Wild Rivers.pdf