Malu Ki’ai (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation
The Maluilgal (Torres Strait Islanders) Corporation administers native title rights and interests recognised on behalf of the Boigu, Dauan, Badu, Mabuiag and Saibai people. This land includes the uninhabited islands of Buru (also Turnagain Island), Waral Kawa (also Deliverance Island), and two smaller islands called Kerr Islet and Turu Cay. The Boigu, Dauan, Badu, Mabuiag and Saibai people’s rights over the land were recognised in the Buru & Warul Kawa determination.
The claim leading to the Buru & Warul Kawa determination was first made in 2002 by Victor Nona, John Whop, Pili Waigana, Nelson Gibuma and Phillip Bigie. The claim was successfully negotiated over three years and all parties agreed to recognise the Boigu, Dauan, Badu, Mabuiag and Saibai people’s native title rights, including:
- Exclusive possession of land, and
- Non-exclusive right to use to water and things in it for personal, non-commercial or domestic communal uses.
The Federal Court approved the party’s agreement and determined that native title exists in the determination area and can be exercised in the ways agreed to be the parties during negotiations. Chief Justice Black noted in conclusion that the order does not grant native title to the traditional owners, but rather 'recognises what they have long held.'