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Australia to speed up native land claims

Twenty years after a landmark court ruling recognising Aboriginal land rights, Australia said it will speed up the claiming process amid criticism it can take too long to resolve.  Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said the reforms to the Native Title Act, which come 20 years after the historic Mabo ruling, would include creating clear requirements for negotiators to act in “good faith”.  In a native title claim, parties engage in mediation at the National Native Title Tribunal. If no agreement is reached, the application may have to be determined by a court following a trial.  Read MORE.