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Wednesday, 15 May 1985
Page: 1947

Senator MACKLIN —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) accepts the fact that the indigenous people of Australia, now known as Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, were in possession of this entire nation prior to the 1788 First Fleet landing at Botany Bay;

(b) recognises the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders People's right to land;

(c) urges the Australian Government to admit prior ownership by the said indigenous people and to introduce legislation to compensate them for the dispossession of their land in accordance with the following five basic principles:

(i) Aboriginal land to be held under inalienable freehold title;

(ii) protection of Aboriginal sites;

(iii) Aboriginal control in relation to mining on Aboriginal land;

(iv) access to mining royalty equivalents; and,

(v) compensation for lost land to be negotiated.