History Wik Case

History Wik Case

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  • Give us back our land!
  • On 30 June 1993 the Wik peoples made a claim at the Federal Court of Australia for native title to land on Cape York Peninsula in Queensland
  • The Federal Court held up the Native Title Act of 1993 and stated against the Wik people 
  • The matter was then taken to the High Court on appeal
  • You Aboriginal Australians cannot make claims on land that has been leased
  • December 1996
  • On the 23rd December, the High Court the High Court decides that native title is not necessarily extinguished by the grant of a pastoral lease and that native title can co-exist with other interests in land.
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