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High Court refuses special leave application to Straits Exploration

A ruling which could block developments on land where traditional ownership of significant sites can be asserted.  

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Egils Olekalns, Partner
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On 11 May 2012 the High Court refused an application for special leave to appeal a decision of the South Australian Supreme Court reversing an authorisation of the South Australian Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation (“Minister”) to Straits Exploration (Australia) Pty Ltd (“Straits”) to carry out a drilling program at Lake Torrens in South Australia.  Straits sought an authorisation under Section 23 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act (SA) 1988 (“Heritage Act”) allowing it to disturb or interfere with a recorded Aboriginal Heritage Site. more...Download PDF
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