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Australian Government to Appeal Aboriginal Title in Perth


The Australian government says it will appeal a court ruling that granted a group of Aborigines title rights over Perth, one of the country's largest cities.

Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said Thursday, the government will appeal the ruling because the case could affect several others involving aboriginal claims to land being used by the public, like beaches and parks.

A judge ruled last month that the Noongar people had proven native title over more than six thousand square kilometers of land in and around Perth, despite being largely dispossessed by white settlers in 1829. The unprecedented ruling does not give the Noongar the right to claim the area as private property.

The government of Western Australia state, where Perth is located, is also planning to appeal the court's decision.

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