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Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 30 November 1993



Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 30 November 1993

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Parliamentary Record 23


Debates for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994




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DEBATES - Tuesday 10 November 1993 The Prime Minister's latest Mabo solution is based on giving preferential treatment to native titleholders, a treatment which other Australians do not enjoy. Do you support this aspect of the Prime Minister's Mabo solution or oppose it? Mr' Perron: Is that a fair question? Mr EDE: It is a loaded question. Mr Perron: However, is it a fair question? Mr EDE: It is a loaded question. Here is another question: Under the Australian Constitution, state governments have responsibility for land management. The Prime Minister is proposing to override this so that he can implement his Mabo plan. In your view, should land management continue to be controlled by the state government or should it be controlled by Canberra? Mr Perron: Is that a fair question? Mr EDE: It is a loaded question. Mr Perron: It is a fair question. Mr EDE: It is a loaded question. If the intention is to obtain genuine answers when framing questions to be asked in an opinion poll, it is necessary to ensure that they are not biased. I feel very sorry for the Chief Minister. Mr Perron: You dont like people to be informed, do you? Mr EDE: If that is the way that he asks questions in his political polling and he is still not in front after asking those kinds of questions, I feel very sorry for him because he must have hit rock bottom. Those questions are hardly examples of the kind of neutral and non-leading statements that are used in sound research. If those are the kind of questions used by the current government in its policy polling, it is no wonder that it keeps digging itself into an even bigger hole, not only on Aboriginal land management issues but on every other policy issue as well. The Minister for Mines and Energy keeps attempting to fly this kite that the Northern Territory has been left out of the national legislative response to native title. He keeps asking why we do not amend the Land Rights Act at the same time that we introduce native title legislation. Leaving aside for the moment the minister's contribution to investment uncertainty, let us have a look at the situation in relation to mining on Aboriginal land in the states. Last week, I tabled an outline of mining legislation in the Australian states and the Territory, but it is obvious that the Minister for Mines and Energy has not bothered to read it. Even a concise summary of the mining legislation in the states and the Territory runs to 12 pages and it is clear that there are major differences among states and territories in relation to mining on both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal land. It is treated in a variety of different ways in each state and territory. There are separate provisions for the granting of mining rights over Aboriginal land in all Australian jurisdictions except Tasmania and the ACT. Previously, Tasmania and the ACT had not provided legislation for the granting of Aboriginal land. 10 57^

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