Are cuts to native title funding a burden on farmers?


Cuts to native title funding for defendants will threaten the efficiency and equality of native title claims, say farmers and pastoralists. The Native Title Respondent Scheme, which funded legal representation for people facing native title claims, was cut by the Federal Government late last year.

The government hopes to save $2.2 million dollars over the next two years by making the cuts, which came in to affect last week. Pastoralists and farmers are worried they won’t be able to afford the legal fees, but native title experts doubt the cuts will have any significant impact.

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Monday, March 25 2013
Produced By Ellen Leabeater
Featured in storyLuke Bowen- Executive Director of the Northern Territory Cattleman's AssociationRob Gillam- President of the Pastoralists and Graziers Association of Western AustraliaBryan Wyatt- CEO National Native Title CouncilJon Altman- Professor at the Centre for Aboriginal and Economic Policy Research at the Australian National University

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