Former prime minister John Howard has admitted his government mishandled its response to the High Court’s Wik decision, saying it created the impression the government was “drifting” and…
- Stephanie Peatling
- The Sydney Morning Herald
In December 1996, the High Court upheld a decision in a case brought by the Wik and Thayorre people of Queensland against the Queensland government.
It decided that native title is not necessarily extinguished by the grant of a pastoral lease and that native title can co-exist with other interests in land.
It was the first test of native title across a large area of mainland Australia.
The High Court ruled that native title and…