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Wednesday, 8 May 1985
Page: 1584

(Question No. 60)


Senator Kilgariff asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice, on 19 March 1985:

(1) What is the total number of successful land claims made under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (the Act), including the:

(a) names of the areas claimed;

(b) dates upon which the claims were lodged;

(c) area of land which each claim involved; and

(d) dates upon which the grants were confirmed by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.

(2) What is the total number of partially successful land claims made under the Act, including the:

(a) names of the areas claimed;

(b) dates upon which those claims were made;

(c) area of land which was granted to Aboriginal owners in respect of each claim; and

(d) dates upon which the grants were confirmed by the Minister.

(3) What is the total number of unsuccessful land claims made under the Act, including the:

(a) names of areas claimed;

(b) dates upon which those claims were made;

(c) area of land which each claim involved; and

(d) dates upon which the Minister confirmed rejection of the claims.

(4) What is the number of land claims made under the Act which have been lodged but are yet to be determined, including the:

(a) names of areas claimed;

(b) dates upon which those claims were lodged; and

(c) area of land which each claim involves.

(5) What is the anticipated number of claims still to be made under the Act, including the:

(a) names of the areas yet to be claimed; and

(b) area of land which each claim would involve.

(6) What number of public reserves have been successfully claimed under the Act, including the:

(a) names of those reserves;

(b) area of land involved in each claim;

(c) dates upon which the claims were lodged; and

(d) dates upon which the grants were confirmed by the Minister.

(7) What number of public reserves have been unsuccessfully claimed under the Act, including the:

(a) names of the reserves;

(b) area of land involved in each claim; and

(c) dates upon which rejection of the claims was confirmed by the Minister

(8) What is the number of claims upon public reserves made under the Act which have yet to be determined, including the:

(a) names of the reserves;

(b) dates upon which the claims were made; and

(c) area of land which each claim involves.

(9) What is the anticipated number of claims upon public reserves to be made under the Act, including the:

(a) names of the reserves; and

(b) area of land which each claim would involve.

(10) What number of stock routes and reserves have been successfully claimed under the Act, including the:

(a) names of the stock routes and reserves involved;

(b) area of land involved in each claim;

(c) dates upon which the claims were lodged; and

(d) dates upon which the grants were confirmed by the Minister.

(11) What number of stock routes and reserves have been unsuccessfully claimed under the Act, including the:

(a) names of the stock routes and reserves involved;

(b) area of land involved in each claim;

(c) dates upon which the claims were lodged; and

(d) dates upon which the Minister confirmed rejection of the claims.

(12) What is the number of claims upon stock routes and reserves made under the Act which have yet to be determined, including the:

(a) names of the stock routes and reserves involved; and

(b) area of land which each claim involves.

(13) What is the anticipated number of claims upon stock routes and reserves to be made under the Act, including the:

(a) names of the stock routes and reserves involved;

(b) area of land which each claim would involve.

(14) What pastoral leases under Aboriginal ownership have been successfully claimed as Aboriginal freehold land under the Act, including the:

(a) names of the properties involved;

(b) area of land which each claim involved;

(c) dates upon which each claim was lodged; and

(d) dates upon which the grants of freehold land were confirmed by the Minister.

(15) What pastoral leases under Aboriginal ownership have been unsuccessfully claimed as Aboriginal freehold under the Act, including the:

(a) names of the properties involved;

(b) area of land which each claim involve;

(c) dates upon which claim was lodged; and

(d) dates upon which rejection of the claims was confirmed by the Minister.

(16) What number of pastoral leases under Aboriginal ownership have been claimed as Aboriginal freehold land, but are yet to be determined, including the:

(a) names of the properties involved;

(b) dates upon which the claim involves;

(c) area of land which each claim involves.

(17) What is the anticipated number of claims yet to be made upon pastoral leases under Aboriginal ownership for grants of those leases as Aboriginal freehold land, including:

(a) names of the properties; and

(b) area of land which each claim would involve.


Senator Ryan —The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs has provided the following answer to Senator Kilgariff's question:

Past and present Ministers have implemented and maitained a throughly public process in respect of land claims under the Aboriginal Land rights (Northern territory) Act 1976. This has involved the tabling in both Houses of this Parliament of all Reports by the Aboriginal Land Commissioners in respect of Land Claims, and all of their Annual Reports. In addition Ministers have publicly announced their decisions, and the Office of the Land Commissioners periodically forwards to the Senator notices in respect of new claims lodged as well as details of the disposition of all land claims under the Act.

The information sought is therefore publicly available and consequently I am not prepared to direct the resources of my Department to undertake what is essentially a compilation exercise.