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Native Title Wins Few and Far Between

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.

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Time to Act on Aboriginal Imprisonment: Greens

Australian Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs, Senator Penny Wright, has welcomed the Federal Government’s commitment to tackling the overrepresentation of Indigenous youth in the criminal justice system.

Senator Wright said the Government’s acceptance of all 40 recommendations of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torrens Islander Affairs report, Doing Time – Time For Doing, in whole, in part or in principle, was a strong step in the right direction.

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Greens Welcome Murray River Native Title Decision

Greens spokesperson for Native Title, Senator Penny Wright, has welcomed today's Federal Court decision to grant the First Peoples of the River Murray and Mallee Region native title along part of the South Australian Murray River.

"This significant decision recognises the age-old cultural and spiritual connection between Aboriginal people and one of Australia's most iconic landmark, the Murray River in South Australia," Senator Wright said.

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Aboriginal Legal Funding - Additional Answers


Indigenous Affairs

Senator LUDWIG (Queensland—Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Manager of Government Business in the Senate and Minister Assisting the Attorney-General on Queensland Floods Recovery) (15:05): I seek leave to have the answer to Senator Wright's question of 3 November 2011 to the Attorney-General incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The answer read as follows—


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Funding of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Services

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee
Tuesday 18 October 2011

Senator WRIGHT: In relation to community legal centres and services, officers from the Attorney-General's Department have commented to some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services that a different funding formula is used in determining funding to these bodies when compared to other community legal services. Is that so?

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A Tribute to Matt

Many of us were extremely saddened to hear that Matthew Rigney passed away on 18 August 2011.

A Ngarrindjeri man, Matt was a talented Indigenous elder and a man who cared a great deal about his people and his land.

In recent times, Matt was best known for his work as the chair of the Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRN).

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