Afternoon Update: major native title ruling; Chinese officials appear to block Cheng Lei’s view at event; and why are Australian houses so cold?

<span>Bribie Island in Queensland. The Kabi Kabi people have been awarded native title over an estate on the Sunshine Coast, covering Noosa, the Glasshouse Mountains and Bribie Island.</span><span>Photograph: Darren Jew</span>
Bribie Island in Queensland. The Kabi Kabi people have been awarded native title over an estate on the Sunshine Coast, covering Noosa, the Glasshouse Mountains and Bribie Island.Photograph: Darren Jew

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Having battled to get their land back since the 19th century, the Kabi Kabi people have today been awarded native title by a court over a 356,345-hectare estate on the Sunshine Coast, covering Noosa, the Glasshouse Mountains and Bribie Island, among others.

The acting chief justice, Berna Collier, said she was satisfied that the Kabi Kabi people had “maintained a continuing connection with its land and waters … up to the present day”.

“These orders recognise that the Kabi Kabi people have and always have had native title rights,” Collier said.

Many Kabi Kabi traditional owners described the judgment as the beginning of a process of reconciliation and respectful negotiation about how to preserve the area’s unique natural environment. “A decision like this of everyone coming together and the 30 years of hard work … this our hope for my children, my grandchildren,” traditional owner Tyrone Bean said.

Top news

  • Australian government welcomes Chinese premier | China’s premier, Li Qiang, arrived in Canberra on Monday morning to the chants of protesters, including some holding Chinese flags. Anthony Albanese joined Li in signing various memorandums. However, his visit may have been overshadowed by an apparent attempt by Chinese officials to block the view of the formerly detained Australian journalist Cheng Lei during a signing ceremony.

  • Victim testifies in Bruce Lehrmann rape hearing | Lehrmann, 29, is accused of raping a woman in Toowoomba, on Queensland’s Darling Downs, in October 2021. It was the first time the former Liberal staffer, who was last year named as the high-profile Toowoomba man facing the charges, has attended the court.

  • Trial for murder of Amber Haigh stalls | The start of an eight-week murder trial over the disappearance of the Riverina teenager Amber Haigh two decades ago has unexpectedly stalled after one of the co-accused, Anne Geeves, 63, suffering a respiratory illness was assessed by prison health authorities.

  • ‘Embarrassing’ failure of NZ PM’s plane | Christopher Luxon’s high-powered business delegation was left stranded in Port Moresby after the discovery of blown fuses on the New Zealand Defence Force Boeing 757.

  • Israel’s PM reportedly criticises military tactical pause | Israeli television stations quoted Benjamin Netanyahu as saying, “We have a country with an army, not an army with a country,” after the military announced a daily pause on Sunday to begin in the Rafah area at 8am and remain in effect until 7pm.

  • At least 14 die during hajj pilgrimage | Jordan’s foreign ministry said “14 Jordanian pilgrims died and 17 others were missing” during the performance of hajj rituals in Saudi Arabia as temperatures reached 47C in Mecca over the weekend. It was reported that more than 2,760 pilgrims suffered from sunstroke and heat stress on Sunday alone.

  • Tony awards 2024 | The 77th annual Tony awards were dominated by major wins for shows Stereophonic, Merrily We Roll Along and The Outsiders as well as actors Jeremy Strong and Daniel Radcliffe.

  • State of Origin Game 2 | Reece Walsh has been selected for Queensland in Game Two of the State of Origin series while Dylan Edwards will line up alongside Mitch Moses and Latrell Mitchell among five new faces in the New South Wales side for the MCG clash.

In video

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What they said …


“We can’t let these misogynistic voices go unchallenged” – Social services minister Amanda Rishworth.

The next stage of the “stop it at the start” campaign, part of a federal government push to end gendered violence, will start rolling out across your screens from today.

In numbers

Queensland continues to record the highest number of incidents, with 466 in the past six months, followed by NSW with 408 and Western Australia with 215. While no single dog breed is more likely to attack than another, Australia Post says it is smaller dogs that are the most aggressive.

Before bed read

Why are Australian houses so cold, and how can we build 1.2m new ones that won’t trash the environment?

Philip Oldfield on how Australia can build new homes that not only keep us warm but cut emissions and avoid climate catastrophe.

Daily word game

Today’s starter word is: AMI. You have five goes to get the longest word including the starter word. Play Wordiply.

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