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Bid to work around native title

STILL smarting from the Federal Senate’s rejection of the WA Government’s Native Title regime, it appears both the State and business are resolved to make things work under the existing legislation.

Chamber of Minerals and Energy CEO Ian Satchwell said his members were disappointed by last week’s outcome but were willing to work around the problem.

“There are some positive signs emerging of a more cooperative spirit among parties involved in this vexed question,” Mr Satchwell said.

There are 138 native title claims left to deal with but Mr Satchwell said a desire from all parties to move on, aided by a more efficient National Native Title Tribunal, was helping improve the situation.

Deacons Lawyers senior associate Marcus Holmes said the State Government was better off putting resources into this positive approach.

Mr Holmes said the negotiation process had worked in WA’s north and should be applied to claims in the Goldfields and the South West.

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