Tiwi traditional owner, Adam Kerinaiua, was not willing to sit back while his land was signed away to the Government for 99 years without proper consultation of his people.
When Adam filed an application for an injunction in the Northern Territory Supreme Court, he knew he would be taking on much bigger opponents. Minister Mal Brough and his Government are determined to introduce 99-year leasing on aboriginal land. They found a willing partner in Tiwi Land Council Executive Secretary, John Hicks. Neither of these powerful men would give up their vision for the Tiwi islands simply because of the opposition of a few Tiwis.