Indigenous affairs minister Nigel Scullion says he is ‘not in a position’ to grant Northern Territory land rights, some delayed for 20 years

A group of Aboriginal land rights claims in the Northern Territory, some held up for almost 20 years by ongoing opposition from cattle and fishing industry groups, will remain unresolved because the Indigenous affairs minister claims he “is “not in a position” to grant them, despite getting the all-clear from an independent review he commissioned.

Nigel Scullion controversially used money earmarked for alleviating Indigenous disadvantage to fund a fishing industry lobby group he used to chair, and two other groups, so they could argue how the land claims would detrimentally affect their business or personal interests.

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