They are the Palestinians of Australia. Financial compensation is not enough. They should be given land to create their own independent state.
Aboriginals in Australia have won a pioneering and monumental case that paves the path for billions of dollars in compensation claims for their colonial land that were lost. This compensation also covers for the loss of religious association.
The Australian highcourt ruled the case in favor of the Ngaliwurru and Nungali people who are from the Nothern parts of Australia. This is known to be the biggest ‘native title’ rulig on indigenous land and water rights belonging to the traditional inhabitats.
It was ruled that the government of the Northern territory was to pay $2.53mn in damages to the Ngaliwurru and Nungali people for an earlier high court ruling that found the NT government “extinguished” their native title rights after they built infrastructure on their land during the 80s and 90s.
Around $1.3 million of the damages was awarded for religious or cultural hurt, that each the district and federal governments argued was excessive.
On Wednesday, 14th of March, 2019,the High court ruled that the $1.3mn “was not evidently excessive and wasn’t inconsistent with acceptable community standards.”