The High Court decision in the NT government appeal [Northern Territory of Australia v Arnhem Land Aboriginal Land Trust [2008] HCA 29 (30 July 2008)] against the finding of the full bench of the federal court in Gawirrin Gumana & Ors v Northern Territory (the Blue Mud Bay case) was handed down in the middle of the NT election campaign.

This is unfortunate timing that may elicit a political response to an important judgment that will have significant positive ramifications for Indigenous economic development.