Native Title and Land Rights

  • SUBMISSION: Beetaloo Basin

    Last published: 4 August 2021Author: Paul Wright, ANTaR National Director

    In this submission, ANTaR briefly recaps the environmental, social, cultural and economic objections commonly levelled against both Federal and Territory governments’ pursuit of this industry in the NT before addressing two specific concerns related to due process: adherence to all recommendations of the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory 2018 Final Report; and recognition of the principle of informed prior consent to the Traditional Owners of the sites in question.

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  • Case Note: The Timber Creek Compensation Case

    Last published: 1 July 2021Author: Clare Graham-Stewart for ANTaR

    In one of the most significant native title cases since Mabo, this was the first time that compensation for both economic and cultural loss had been measured and awarded under the Native Title Act. The case signals a huge development in native title law and sets an important legal precedent which may prove to have a profound impact on compensation claims and native title generally.

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    Last published: 1 May 2021Author: Paul Wright, ANTaR National Director

    Acknowledges the research and stakeholder consultations undertaken to date, sets out options to find a pathway to meet the twofold goal of protecting the Fitzroy River in WA, and supporting sustainable economic development in its catchment area. Includes concerned feedback from our First Nations partners and stakeholders, about some ‘serious absences’ in the Discussion Paper.

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  • ANTaR Submission on Native Title Act amendments

    Last published: 13 December 2018

    ANTaR advocates for a fair native title system that gives equitable opportunity to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

    Read our submission to the Federal Attorney General regarding proposed amendments to the Native Title Act.

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  • ANTaR stands with Anangu in decision to ban tourists from climbing Uluru

    Last published: 2 November 2017

    National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights ANTaR, today expressed strong support for the Anangu and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park board in their decision to ban people from climbing their sacred site, Uluru, from 2019. 

    National Director Andrew Meehan said the decision to ban climbing on Uluru from October 2019 showed extraordinary patience on the part of the Anangu and was completely justified.

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  • Comment on Native Title Amendment Bill 2012 Exposure Draft

    Last published: 1 October 2012Author: ANTaR

    In this submission we highlight the need for more far-reaching reforms as an urgent priority,
    informed by the inequities in the current system, the fact that time is running out for many
    Community Elders to see land justice in their life times and the obligations imposed on the
    Australian Government by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
    Peoples (UNDRIP).

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  • 20 years since Mabo: The Facts on Native Title

    Last published: 23 August 2012Author: ANTaR

    Wondering what the impact of Native Title has been 20 years on?

    Read our fact sheet 20 years since Mabo: The Facts on Native Title



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  • Submission to Inquiry into the Native Title Amendment (Reform) Bill 2011

    Last published: 1 July 2011Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR indicates its broad support for the overall objectives of the bill, to create a fairer native title system for recognising and adjudicating the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We encourage the Committee to ensure thorough consideration is given both to the overall objectives of the legislation and the specific measures proposed within it. While the submission notes that the Act could be improved to enable it to better achieve its objectives, ANTaR encourages this Committee to urge that the current Bill be used as a vehicle to make such improvements.


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  • Native Title reforms needed to create fairer and more sustainable system

    Last published: 22 March 2011Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR has welcomed the introduction yesterday by Greens Senator Rachel Siewert of a Private Members Bill to deliver improved outcomes for native title claimants.

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  • Inquiry into Indigenous economic development in Queensland and review of the Wild Rivers (Environmental Management) Bill 2010

    Last published: 1 February 2011Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR emphasises the central importance of enabling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to have a genuine and ongoing say on and involvement in the development and implementation of policies, programs and laws which directly affect them. This is required by the right to  free, prior and informed consent contained in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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  • Submission to Native Title Leading Practice Agreements and Tax Reform Discussion Papers

    Last published: 1 November 2010Author: ANTaR

    In this submission, ANTaR responds to options proposed in the Leading Practice Discussion Paper relating to governance, the new statutory function and the leading practice toolkit. The paper also considers three reform options designed to clarify the tax status of native title payments including an income tax exemption, a new tax exempt vehicle and a native title withholding tax. The paper also discusses the use of deductible gift recipient categories to deliver benefits for communities, ‘consistent with the Government’s commitment to closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage’.


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