Native title claim over Brisbane refused


A long-running native title claim over Brisbane has been rejected.

An application lodged in 1998 on behalf of the indigenous Turrbal people and a 2011 claim on behalf of the Yugara people were refused by the Federal Court on Tuesday.

The Yugara claim covered Brisbane and some bordering regions, while the Turrbal claim identified several discrete areas in the greater Brisbane region.

The applicants claimed native title on the basis of their descent from Aboriginal people who once lived in the area.

Their claims were combined in 2013 and the case was argued in the Federal Court in late 2013 and early 2014.

In a written judgement on Tuesday, Justice Christopher Jessup cited a lack of a continued, "uninterrupted" system of traditional laws to sustain the claimed rights.

He also found that under the traditional laws, no member of either claim group would be recognised as possessing rights to the land.