Aboriginal corporation wants FOI waiver for land councils revoked

Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation chairman Bakamumu Marika  |  Picture: Amos Aikman

Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation chairman Bakamumu Marika  |  Picture: Amos Aikman

A Northern Territory Aboriginal corporation has launched an ­explosive new salvo in its long-running battle with the nation’s largest land council, asking ­Attorney-General George Brandis to revoke a “frankly mad” blanket exemption such councils enjoy from freedom of information ­requests.

The Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation of East Arnhem Land, which manages businesses with an annual turnover of tens of millions of dollars, argues that the exemption has created “an unfair situation, which is hurting us and hurting our people”.