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The Yorta Yorta people say justice has failed them

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on15 Dec 2002

White Aust doesn't understand Aborigines: spokesman
The chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health
Organisation says Aboriginal people have been let down by the justice
system with the High Court's decision to reject the Yorta Yorta land

The claim involved 2000 square-kilometres of land near Echuca on the
Victorian and New South Wales border.

The High Court rejected the claim on the grounds the Yorta Yorta people
could not prove a continuous connection with the land.

Pat Anderson says white Australia simply does not understand contemporary
Aboriginal people.

Meanwhile, the Northern Territory's Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for
Aboriginal and Tropical Health is calling for Indigenous people to become
more involved in the research process.

The centre's Allan Arnott says through a series of reports they have found
the key to success in Indigenous research is the genuine engagement of
Aboriginal people at all stages.

Dr Arnott says these principles are not new but the CRC will concentrate
on putting them into practice.

"We come across a fairly consistent view of the principles of engaging in
such research and I guess we've tried to enunciate those, particularly for
ourselves and then to carry those principles forward into our own CRC's
practices," he said.




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