An opponent of a controversial Indigenous Land Use Agreement in West Australia says the Federal Government is “shifting the goal posts” with proposed legislative amendments.
A recent Federal Court decision, referred to as the McGlade decision, determined that ILUAs need unanimous support for all signatories of the Native Title claim group before they are registered.
The case was in relation to a $1.3billion deal between the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council and the WA Government which would see Traditional Owners extinguish Native Title rights in exchange for funds, services and parcels of land.
The Government’s bill would see the registration of ILUAs proceed without unanimous support from all signatories.
Bibbulmun man Mervyn Eades is one of the claimants who brought the case to the court, and says the Federal Government’s move isn’t right.