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Native title rights recognised in Torres Strait

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 8 December 2004

More than a decade after the High Court's Mabo decision, the native title rights of all Torres Strait islander communities will soon be recognised.

The Federal Court is sitting in the region to finalise native title claims.

In I992 the High Court recognised the right of Murray Islanders to their traditional land.

Today Justice Richard Cooper will travel to Darnley Island on the eastern fringe of the Torres Strait to hand down the first of several consent determinations.

Over the next week he will travel across the region to recognise the exclusive native title rights of the remaining five islander communities and finalise their claims.

The determinations are the culmination of several years of sometimes bitter negotiations and court actions involving the Queensland Government and other parties.

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