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Monday, 14 March 2005
Page: 94


Senator VANSTONE (Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs) (7:51 PM) —I table a supplementary explanatory memorandum relating to the government amendment to be moved to this bill. The memorandum was circulated in the chamber on 9 March. I move government amendment (1) on sheet QB234:

(1)    Schedule 4, item 67, page 91 (lines 2 and 3), omit “to a representative body under this Division”, substitute “to a person or body under this section”.

This amendment is very minor. It seeks to correct a drafting error in item 67 of schedule 4 of the bill, which amends section 203FE(3) of the Native Title Act. Section 203FE(3) provides for grants to persons or bodies. Item 67 seeks to allow for the provision of funding to persons or bodies without restricting the means of such funding to grants. That is consistent with other amendments made by the bill to the provisions of the Native Title Act. However, as currently drafted, the item refers to funding provided to representative bodies rather than to other persons or bodies, and the amendment seeks to correct that error.