The resolution of a major native title claim originally lodged 18 years ago shows that native title reform is urgently needed in Australia, Greens spokesperson for Native Title, Senator Penny Wright, said.
The Kalkadoon people of the Mt Isa region won recognition of their native title rights over almost 40,000 square kilometres of land in the Federal Court on Monday.
"I commend the Kalkadoon people for their perseverance in this case, which again shows that there are too many obstacles when it comes to native title claims," Senator Wright said.
"The current system is failing - it is too complex, too expensive and does not deliver on its promise to secure adequate social and economic advancement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people. And sadly, many traditional owners pass away before their claims can be finalised.
"My Greens colleague Senator Rachel Siewert's private member's bill, which is currently before the Parliament, will erase some of those hurdles and pave the way for further, more comprehensive amendments.
"While the Greens acknowledge that this bill will not address all barriers faced by claimants, it will make the process of native title claims simpler and more effective.
"It is important that we take the first step towards targeted reform that will ensure the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people are better recognised."
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