Indigenous NT water rights claim goes ‘too far’


Aborigines seeking radical new rights over northern Australian waters are in for a tough fight after both sides of Northern Territory politics voiced opposition to the plan. Territory Opposition Leader Terry Mills said the campaign for legal ownership of rivers, lakes and aquifers in the tropical savannah country of Australia’s north was “a bridge too far” for the Aboriginal land rights movement. “We have to be rational,” Mr Mills said yesterday. “Water belongs to everyone and no group is partitioned from possible economic benefit as it currently stands.”There needs to be an explanation from the proponents about how this will drive economic development.”