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Thursday, 12 May 1994
Page: 795


Senator FAULKNER —by leave—Earlier this afternoon in question time Senator Chamarette asked me whether I had sought or received any legal advice on native title claims over the area covered by the proposed skyrail project. I said that this was more appropriately a matter for the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Mr Tickner, but that I would check with my department as to whether any such advice had been sought or received.

  I can now inform the Senate that my department sought advice from the Attorney-General's Department on 17 March 1974 about the effect of possible native title claims on the skyrail project. The Attorney-General's Department responded on 25 March 1994. I quote the advice:

There appears to be no need or reason for the Minister to become involved in any course of action in respect of the skyrail project as a result of the uncertainty surrounding the proposed native title claim by the Jabagai people. The Commonwealth Native Title Act 1993 should be left to operate in conjunction with consistent Queensland legislation without the involvement of the minister.

I will be discussing this skyrail issue with my colleague the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs. I thank the Senate for its courtesy in allowing me to give that response.