The Victorian Traditional Owners Land Justice Group (LJG) is continuing a long tradition of traditional owner activism and working together for land justice in Victoria.
Report of the Steering Committee for the Development of a Victorian Native Title Settlement Framework.
Victorian Traditional Owner Land Justice Group News
"I see land justice in Victoria as recognising the ways of the old people, the ways of the land, and the ways to move forward."
Annette Xiberras, LJG Co-Chair
On Wednesday 28 July 2010, the Traditional Owner Settlement Bill was introduced to the Victorian Parliament.
"This is a ground-breaking reform for the traditional owners of Victoria. New settlement options are about to become available and land justice is at last, within reach.
This Bill is essential to deal with unfinished business. It will go some way to redressing past injustice. It is an honourable compromise in the interests of all traditional land owner groups in Victoria."
Graham Atkinson, LJG Co-Chair
The Traditional Owner Settlement Bill is the result of a collaborative undertaking between the State Government and the Land Justice Group to find an alternative way to resolve native title claims in Victoria. The current native title system takes too long, is complex, costly and uncertain and has delivered only limited outcomes for traditional owners in Victoria. The Bill seeks to deliver a fairer and more streamlined approach to settling native title claims.
The Bill was passed by the House of Representatives on 12 August 2010. It was assented to on 21 September 2010 and came into operation on 23 September 2010.
Land Justice Group Co-Chairs on the steps of Parliament House with State & Commonwealth Ministers for the introduction of Traditional Owner Settlement Bill 2010 into Parliament, 28 July 2010 L-R back row: Minister for Environment and Climate Change Gavin Jennings, Deputy Premier and Attorney-General Rob Hulls, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Richard Wynne, Land Justice Group Co-Chair Graham Atkinson. L-R front row: Federal Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, Land Justice Group Co-Chair Annette Xiberras, Premier John Brumby, Land Justice Group Co-Chair Melissa Jones. Absent: LJG Co-Chair Bobby Nicholls