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Wednesday, 15 August 2007
Page: 43

Senator SCULLION (Minister for Community Services) (12:31 PM) —As I said earlier, it is really important to recognise that the Commonwealth’s five-year lease does not affect the operation of the Aboriginal land rights act. Specifically, section 71 provides for traditional owners who may not even live in the community to continue to exercise their traditional rights. Since this legislation will not have an impact on the land rights act, particularly section 71, this amendment is unnecessary.