Second appeal rejected in battle over Arnhem Land bauxite royalties

Helen Davidson  |  The Guardian

The Gove bauxite mine and alumina processing plant in the Northern Territory. Photograph: Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images

The Gove bauxite mine and alumina processing plant in the Northern Territory. Photograph: Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images

A long-running court battle involving two powerful Indigenous clans and the Northern Land Council is set to continue after the federal court again rejected an appeal by one group seeking a better split of mining royalties.

The Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation, of north-east Arnhem Land, has vowed to continue its fight after the setback. It first launched legal action against the Northern Land Council (NLC) in 2014 after a dispute between RAC and the rival Gumatj clan over royalties from the Gove bauxite mine and refinery failed to reach a resolution.