Relief in native title funding

The reinstatement of native title funding by the Coalition government provides relief to pastoralists and restores balance between respondents and claimants, WAFarmers President Dale Park said today.

Last week, Attorney-General George Brandis announced the Federal government would reinstate $2.2 million of funding used to assist respondents in native title cases withdrawn by the previous government.

Mr Park said the restoration of the funding would reinstate the former balance where respondents and claimants were equally supported by the Federal government.

“Since the previous government removed the funding for respondents, many pastoralists have been forced to fund their own defences while the Federal government financially supported claimants,” Mr Park said.

“That was an unfair state of affairs and yet another impost on a sector struggling to maintain profitability and competitiveness in challenging conditions.”

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