Northern Land Council (NLC) Chief Executive, Norman Fry, today declared that the judgment of the Northern Territory Court of Appeal in relation to McArthur River Mine was a victory for traditional owners.
“The only reason the Full Bench upheld McArthur River Mine’s appeal was because of the unfair and undemocratic retrospective legislation introduced by Chris Natt, which prevented the Court from considering Justice Angel’s decision.”
“The Court refused to hear McArthur River Mine’s legal arguments.
“The Full Court recognised the unfairness of the legislation to traditional owners by preserving Justice Angel’s decision that the Northern Territory Government and the mine pay the traditional owners’ legal costs of the court case,” said Mr Fry.
Traditional owners will continue their fight for justice including in Federal Court proceedings which resume on 30 July 2007 in Darwin.