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Launching of ILUA D.V.D.

the Hon. Mr Michael Atkinson, Attorney-General for South Australia

The Hon. Trevor Griffin Ms Wendy Campagna, Executive Director of the L.G.A., representing Mr Rick Wilkinson, District Council of Yorke Peninsula Mr Parry Agius, of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement (A.L.R.M.) Ms Sharon Middlin, State Manager N.N.T.T. Especially welcome are those representatives of the Narungga people who are here today, and their official representative for today’s event, Ms Lesley Wanganeen

I welcome the opportunity to speak at the launch of the Narungga D.V.D. I am particularly pleased to be able to make these comments in the presence of my predecessor, the Hon. Trevor Griffin, because it gives me the opportunity to recognise the important role he played in the State’s adoption of the policy of negotiating Indigenous Land Use Agreements, or ILUA’s, as a means of resolving native title disputes.

Agreement making rather than litigation has been the lynchpin of the State-wide Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) policy in South Australia since 1999.

In a ceremonial sitting to celebrate the life and mourn the death of Brad Selway, I told the Federal Court, and I am pleased to be able to repeat it here, that the State-wide Indigenous Land Use Agreement strategy was a direct result of the foresight and energy of Brad Selway. As the then South Australian Solicitor- General, Brad devised the concept of settling native title claims on a State- wide basis and set up a government team for that purpose.

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