ON THIS DAY in 1996, the High Court of Australia delivered Wik Peoples v Queensland (“Pastoral Leases case”)  HCA 40; (1996) 187 CLR 1; (1996) 141 ALR 129; (1996) 71 ALJR 173 (23 December 1996).
- Rights and obligations under pastoral leases are conferred by statute and do not necessarily extinguish native title nor confer exclusive possession to the lessees.
- It is possible that pastoral leases and native title might co-exist.
- In the event of an inconsistency between the two, the rights under the pastoral lease prevail over the native title rights.
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