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Nyoongar people win native title over Perth

Broadcast: 19/09/2006

Reporter: Tony Jones

An Aboriginal community in Western Australia has won a landmark native title claim in the Federal
Court, covering the entire metropolitan area of Perth.

Transcript

TONY JONES: An Aboriginal community in Western Australia has won a landmark native title claim in
the Federal Court, covering the entire metropolitan area of Perth. It's the first claim to have
been granted over a capital city. The finding recognises that the Nyoongar people have maintained a
traditional connection to the land. They'll be allowed to live on the land and conserve and use the
area's natural resources. But Murray Wilcox told the court that the native title decision should
not be seen as a pot of gold for the claimants or a disaster for the rest of the community.

JUSTICE MURRAY WILCOX: A native title determination does not affect freehold or most leasehold
land. It cannot take away people's backyards. The vast majority of private land holders in the
Perth region will be unaffected by this case.

TONY JONES: Today's finding is expected to be used to negotiate a wider claim. The West Australian
Government says it doesn't accept the decision.