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Environment Minister tells Yoorrook state intentionally cut Traditional Owner groups out of billion-dollar windfall

Victoria’s Environment Minister has revealed the legal frameworks that enabled land to be taken from Indigenous people excluded First Peoples from the economic benefits those lands produced.

Appearing before the Yoorrook Justice Commission, the Environment Minister Steve Dimopoulos acknowledged royalties agreements were intentionally legislated and designed to effectively exclude Aboriginal people from their share of more than $1.5 billion in land use revenue.

The truth-telling hearings are examining the…

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