Case summary: Yarmirr v Northern Territory (Croker Island Case)

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Aug, 2005
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Croker Island is a small island (43 km x 14.5 km) 225 km north east of Darwin, 6.5 km by boat from the Cobourg Peninsula. The waters surrounding it are the subject of the first Australian claim to exclusive native rights over the sea, lead by plaintiff Mary Yarmirr. The High Court decision on Commonwealth v Yarmirr; Yarmirr v Northern Territory was handed down on 11 October 2001. This document pulls together recent information about the case, as well as other relevant materials on native title and sea rights issues.

Last reviewed: 26 Jul 2017