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Parks Australia to be held criminally liable

The High Court has released a ruling that Parks Australia, which is run by the commonwealth can be held criminally liable. 

It comes under Northern Territory law, after allegations the construction of a walking track damaged a sacred site at Gunlom Falls in 2019.

The Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority, overseeing the matter, has expressed they intend to return the original case to a local NT court to pursue a $350,000 fine.

This comes after the NT Supreme Court found Parks Australia was immune from the state legislation in 2022; that ruling has now been overturned.

The decision has been welcomed heavily by traditional owners and custodians labelling it a ‘proud day for us all’.


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