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Monday, 26 May 1997
Page: 3982

To the honourable the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives assembled in parliament:

The petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House our concerns about proposals to introduce legislation to extinguish native title. We feel such legislation would breach Australia's international obligations to uphold the principles of the Racial Discrimination Act. Such legislation would also severely impede the recon ciliation process, and would rob Aboriginal people of their dignity and right to self-determination.

Your petitioners therefore request the House to reject proposals to extinguish Aboriginal rights to native title under Common Law, and ensure any legislation passed maintains the integrity of the Racial Discrimination Act.

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