WA Indigenous Group'S $290 Billion Compensation Claim Could Become One Of World's Biggest Payouts

Indigenous leaders have filed an unprecedented compensation claim against the West Australian Government that could become one of the world's biggest legal payouts.

Noongar people of south-west WA are pursuing more than $290 billion for "spiritual damage" caused by loss of their traditional land.

The figure would be almost a quarter of Australia's gross domestic product of $1.4 trillion and more than West Australia's gross state product of $259 billion.

If the action is successful, it would put it in the range of a landmark $US206 billion ($304 billion) payout made by the tobacco industry to governments across the United States in 1998.

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