Ministerial Statement Application of Territory laws on inalienable freehold title Hon. Daryl Manzie Attorney-General 24 November 1993
Tabled Papers 1860
Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled by Daryl Manzie
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8 //THE ONLY SENSIBLE RESOLUTION IS FOR THE AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM AND TO LEGISLATE IN A MANNER WHICH REMOVES THE OCCASION FOR THE DEBATE." MR SPEAKER/ HERE WE HAVE ONE OF AUSTRALIA'S MOST RESPECTED LEGAL AUTHORITIES ON ABORIGINAL LAND ISSUES UNEQUIVOCALLY STATING THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD LEGISLATE TO OVERCOME THE UNCERTAINTY OVER JURISDICTION. IN ANOTHER OF RJSTICE OLNEY'S FINDINGS - IN THE YURRKURU (BROOKES SOAK) LAND CLAIM (APRIL 1992) REPORT - HIS HONOUR ONCE AGAIN RECOMMENDED THAT ANY LAND GRANT BE MADE CONDITIONAL UPON ADEQUATE SAFEGUARDS BEING PUT IN PLACE. IN HIS REPORT ON THE NORTH SIMPSON DESERT LAND CLAIM (SEPTEMBER 1992) HIS HONOUR RECOMMENDED THAT THE GRANT BE MADE CONDITIONAL UPON EHHER AGREEMENT BY THE TRADFTIONAL OWNERS THAT THEY OBSERVE THE CONSTRAINTS OF THE STOCK DISEASES ACT, OR THAT THE ACT BE AMENDED TO SLHT THE NT GOVERNMENT'S JURISDICTION OVER THE ACT. MR SPEAKER, YOU CANT GET FT CLEARER THAN THESE TERMS. IT'S INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT THE TERRITORY GOVERNMENT WILL SOON ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH THE NORTHERN LAND COUNCIL AT A COST TO TAXPAYERS OF $600 000 TO DESTOCK 16 AREAS OF ABORIGINAL LAND IN THE TERRITORY. THE CONTRACT IS NECESSARY AS IT WILL ENABLE THE TRADITIONAL ABORIGINAL OWNERS TO PURCHASE STOCK TO REPLACE THOSE WHICH WELL BE REMOVED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONTRACT.
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