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Thursday, 19 February 2004
Page: 25228


Mr RUDDOCK (Attorney-General) (9:13 AM) —I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

The Extension of Sunset of Parliamentary Joint Committee on Native Title Bill 2004 extends the operation of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund until 23 March 2006.

The committee has played an important role in the parliament's oversight of the development of the native title system.

The numbers of determinations of native title and Indigenous land use agreements are growing at an increasing rate.

This bill will ensure that the committee continues to play its important role into the future.

I present the explanatory memorandum.

Debate (on motion by Mr Edwards) adjourned.