NSWALC, the network of Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs), and Aboriginal peoples of NSW are key stakeholders in relation to land, sea, water and fisheries resources and are holders of specific Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Traditional Fishing Knowledge accumulated over millennia. Aboriginal peoples are not merely one stakeholder among others, we possess inherent and pre-eminent rights, values and interests in the lands and waters on account of our status as Australia’s First Peoples.
NSWALC welcomes the Inquiry. We seek the urgent commencement of s.21AA (without regulations), and the cessation of the abhorrent and unjust prosecutions of Aboriginal people for undertaking cultural practices and providing for our communities. NSWALC calls on the NSW Government to:
Furthermore, any future actions regarding the FMA, in particular s.21AA, must ensure the following: