THE West Australian Government will appeal against a Federal Court ruling that granted native title of Perth and its surrounds to the indigenous Noongar people.
No it’s not April fool’s day, but it makes you wonder. Native title has been successfully argued in many remote, farmland or industrial areas as well as some National Parks, however, this seems to be one of the first times that a Federal Court has granted Native Title over residential land.
It would be like saying that the whole Sydney basin land was no longer owned by each land owner, and that no one was really free to live there or do anything to the land without permission from the Native Aboriginal people. Justice and ownership are one thing, but accepting such a large native title claim (193,956 square kilometres) is ludicrous.