native title claims do not belong in courts: victoria


via ABC online

The Victorian Government has introduced legislation into Parliament that could take native title resolution out of the Federal Court.

The framework would allow Indigenous groups to settle with the Government out of court, if they drop current native title claims and agree not to lodge future claims.

The government says it could lead to better economic opportunities for Aboriginal groups in managing Crown land.

The Attorney General Rob Hulls says the existing Commonwealth system is too costly and time-consuming.

“It will mean quicker resolution of claims, reduced transaction costs, reduced compensation liability for the state, finality and certainty for the state, for business and for industry in relation to native title matters,” he said.

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