The Miriuwung and Gajerrong People (Kimberley Region WA)
2002 - Litigated
An example of a contested determination.
The Miriuwung and Gajerrong People lodged an application
for native title determination in 1994. The application attracted
a lot of interest, especially from Commonwealth, State and
Northern Territory Governments and other interest holders
in the area including pastoralists, agriculture and business
interests and Local Government. When the mediation failed
in 1995, the application was referred to the Federal Court.
Following extensive hearings in the Federal Court, the matter
was appealed to the Full Bench of the Federal Court and then
on to the High Court. After more than 107 days of court hearings,
the application has, in part been referred back to the Federal
Court for resolution.