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Questions Day 3 - Thursday 27 November 1997

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Title

Questions Day 3 - Thursday 27 November 1997

Other title

Parliamentary Record 1

Collection

Questions for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001

Date

1997-11-27

Notes

Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Language

English

Subject

Questions

Publisher name

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Place of publication

Darwin

File type

application/pdf

Use

Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

Copyright owner

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

License

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/279443

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/418863

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QUESTIONS - Thursday 27 November 1997 M r Stirling inteijecting. M r LUGG: Is the Chief Minister able to shed any light on this situation? ANSWER Madam Speaker, I will pick up the inteijections from the member for Nhulunbuy who said: Yep, yep, yep. He said it 3 times. The reality is ... M r Ah Kit inteijecting. M r STONE: Madam Speaker, I am sure that people listening to this broadcast are interested in this answer. This is a veiy topical issue that is being debated in our federal parliament. M r Ah Kit: Pauline raised that at a CLP function. Madam SPEAKER: Order! M r STONE: To pick up the inteijection from the member for Amhem, it was he who invited Pauline Hanson to the Territory. M r Ah Kit inteijecting. Madam SPEAKER: Order! The member from Amhem will be quiet. M r Ah Kit inteijecting. Madam SPEAKER: Order! Members inteijecting. Madam SPEAKER: Order! M r STONE: Madam Speaker, I certainly thought it was beyond doubt. Surely, after all we have been through, a persons home, a persons business, a persons private property, if it was held on freehold title, was beyond reach. But then again, I had thought that pastoral leases extinguished native title. Why did I think that? Ms Martin: You are supposed to be a lawyer. You are supposed to understand the legal process. M r STONE: It was because the Labor Prime Minister of the day, Paul Keating - if the member for Fannie Bay will listen-told me that pastoral leases extinguish native title. In fact, it went further. It went into the preamble to the Native Title Act. M r Bailey: You told us the heritage law protected buildings. Madam SPEAKER: Order! M r STONE: In recent days, we have received correspondence... Members inteijecting. M r STONE: ... from one of the land councils which i s ... M r STIRLING inteijecting. M r STONE: ... running the argument that, if land has been freehold and ... M r Ah Kit inteijecting. M r STONE: This is an important issue, Madam Speaker. Madam SPEAKER: Order! Members of the opposition, people may like to hear this answer. You are continually inteijecting. At least pay the courtesy to this House of allowing people to hear the answers to questions. I know it is not a question put by the opposition, but you would like the same courtesy to be accorded to a question and reply of your own. M r Bailey: We do not have the ability to answer questions. Madam SPEAKER: Do not talk back to me, thank you. M r STONE: It is very hard to deal with people who are rude by nature, Madam Speaker. I will continue with the answer... M r Bailey: I would rather be rude than arrogant any day, Shane. Madam SPEAKER: Order! Member for Wanguri, I am warning you. If you continue in this vein, you will be out. Stop it. M r STONE: In recent days, we have had representations from one of the land councils that runs the argument that freehold land that is compulsorily acquired by government and converted back to government land - or crown land as we call it - is subject to revived native title. If that argument is correct, the consequences are absolutely dire 27


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