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Statistics on Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUA), provisions, agreements and future provisions of the Act can be found in the National Native Title Tribunal`s 10 years of Native Title Information Kit. Progress is being made in identifying native titles and the identity of native title holders. The processes for resolving native title issues, whether by agreement, arbitration or litigation, will be refined. Since more and more parties have experience in the processes, the path to agreement should be easier. Many other types of agreements between indigenous peoples and others with land and domestic rights and interests can be entered into without the conclusion of indigenous title. Some of these agreements are confidential and an exact number of these agreements are not available, although it was estimated at more than 1200 in 1998. See media reports on land-use agreements in 1997 and 1998. By May 2002, the number of such general native ownership agreements, most of which are future mining deed agreements, had increased to over 3,000 (Commonwealth Budget Paper, Indigenous Affairs 2002-2003, 14 May 2002). Today, national title has been recognised over over one million square kilometres of Australian land and water (about 15% of Australian territory and Australian waters).
There are currently 629 registered indigenous land use agreements – a voluntary agreement between one group of indigenous titles and others on land and water use. In May 1982, a group of Meriam on Torres East Street, including David Passi, Sam Passi, Cellea Mapo Salee and James Rice, led by Eddie Koiki Mabo, filed a case with the High Court of Australia for rightful ownership of the island. Eddie Koiki Mabo was born on June 29, 1936 in the municipality of Las, on the island of Mer, in Torres Street (also known as Murray Island). He was raised by his uncle Benny Mabo after Eddie`s mother died during birth. 1992: Supreme Court decision in Mabo recognizes indigenous title The Mabo decision of 1992 led to the Native Title Act (1993), which created a framework that recognizes the rights and interests of Aborigines and Torres Islands because of their traditional laws and customs. It allows access to the land for living, traditional, hunting or fishing purposes and / or to teach laws and customs in the countryside. For more information: Wik: the aftermath and implications, article from the University of NSW Law Journal; The Wik Peoples vs. the State of Queensland, analysis by the Australian Government Solicitor. For these reasons, the Mabo case aspired to the recognition of the rights of the Meriam people over this country….