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Friday, 15 June 1984
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Senator GRIMES (Minister for Social Security)(9.52) —I do not believe that there is an answer that will satisfy Senator Chaney, even in terms of the Constitution. However, in the second reading speech the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs (Senator Ryan) pointed out that where there is acquisition of property there will be just terms, and so on. The Commonwealth is required to pay just terms where the property is acquired. Where the property is not acquired, that obligation does not exist under the Constitution. But the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (Mr Holding) has agreed that:

Where the interests of a person or a company are significantly affected by the making of a declaration the Government will determine what compensation payment, if any, is appropriate according to the merits of that case.

That is about the only answer I can give in the circumstances.