Aboriginal people have filed a compensation claim for more than €176bn against the Australian government.
The Noongar nation, from Western Australia, said yesterday it was pursuing the payout – just under a quarter of Australia’s annual GDP -for “spiritual damage” caused by the loss of their land.
Fourteen years ago, the Federal Court of Australia recognised the native title of the Noongar people over the state capital of Perth and the surrounding area.
However, Noongar people’s rights to the majority of this land had been “extinguished” because it was used as government land, or for commercial, residential, agricultural or mining purposes.
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Lead claimant Naomi Smith said the Noongar had struggled since British conquest.
The claim seeks reimbursement for the extinguishment of their native title over almost all of their country. (©Daily Telegraph, London)
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