Native title after Ward and Wilson
[Introduction]:It has been widely reported that the Court ruled in Ward that native title claims cannot be made to minerals and petroleum in the ground. This is the practical result for most Australian jurisdictions. The Court interpreted a Western Australian statute vesting property in in situ minerals in the Crown as not allowing continued existence of native title to the minerals. There are similar statutes elsewhere: for example, Justice Drummond reached the same conclusion about Queensland...[Show more]
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