Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Aborigines Reclaiming Australia
A judge has given legal title to Perth , the 4 th largest city in Australia back to the Nyoongar Aboriginal peoples much to the consternation of the government .
The judge found that the Nyoongar had proven native title over more than 6,000 square km covering Perth and its surroundings by continuing to observe traditional customs despite being largely dispossessed by white settlement in 1829.
Melbourne's traditional owners, the Wurundjeri, said they were encouraged by a Federal Court decision granting native title over the city of Perth and they may lay claim to Australia's 2nd largest city .
It would be nice ( against all my anti-nationalistic instincts ) to see the indigenous peoples of the world regain some of what has been stolen from them . Not just only the worthless deserts and barren lands but also the real estate of real value .