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Bar Barrum High Court Win

The High Court has ruled a World War Two military order over land in Queensland's Atherton Tablelands did not extinguish native title for the Indigenous people of the area.

General Douglas MacArthur visited the Australian 9th Division in training on the Atherton Tablelands in Queensland, July 1943. Pic courtesy Australian War Memorial.
 
General Douglas MacArthur visited the Australian 9th Division in training on the Atherton Tablelands in Queensland, July 1943. Pic courtesy Australian War Memorial.

Bar Barrum senior elder, Tommy Congoo

The case is part of a long running native title claim by the Bar Barrum people.

In the throes of the war in the Pacific, between 1943 and 1945 the Commonwealth took control of the land by way of military orders made under the National Security Act.

The land near Herberton, west of Cairns, was used as a live firing range for training infantry and armoured units.

But the military orders lapsed six months after the war finished.

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