Protest held against WA native title deal

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Protest held against WA native title deal

Aboriginal protesters have demonstrated outside the WA parliament against a native title deal.

Aboriginal protesters have demonstrated outside the West Australian parliament against a $1.3 billion native title deal.

The agreement was finalised in November last year after five years of negotiations between the state and the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council.

It offers the Noongar people land, finance and benefits in exchange for the surrender of native title rights in the region.

The Noongar community is currently considering the deal, but some members have accused those who support it of being sell-outs.

Speaker Avril Dean told the crowd that SWALSC has "dangled a bit of money" above the Noongar people's heads.

"This land is so much about us and what's in our hearts, and we come here today to protest the giving away of our land," she said on Wednesday.

"The government wants to take away ... everything that's so special to us."