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Thursday, 4 March 2004
Page: 20788


Senator IAN CAMPBELL (Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads) (9:52 AM) —I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

I seek leave to have the second reading speech incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speech read as follows—

EXTENSION OF SUNSET OF PARLIAMENTARY JOINT COMMITTEE ON NATIVE TITLE BILL 2004

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.

Debate (on motion by Senator Mackay) adjourned.

Ordered that the resumption of the debate be made an order of the day for a later hour of the day.