Stolen Generations: Why can’t we get our stolen lands back?

Tuesday, 3 June 2014
Dawn Brown

From the time the De Rose Hill claim got their consent determination, all these Aboriginal groups needed to do was to apply for the Western Desert Criteria and cite the Nguraritja Rule and the land was theirs. The Nguraritja Rule seems to the Aboriginal version of the White Man’s terra nullius. Can Aboriginal people claim terra nullius? Each native title case in South Australia needed to be judged on its own merits.

An important quote was told by these elders at Spear Creek. The elders said, ‘we all share the one law but there are different cultures within the law. Some practice the law and others don’t.’ The government missed the last part of the quote.