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QUEENSLAND ABORIGINALS AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS (SELF-MANAGEMENT AND LAND RIGHTS) BILL 1981

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question--That this Bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Senator Missen moved an amendment, viz: Leave out all words after ""That'', insert--

""(a) the Bill be deferred to enable the Queensland Government to advise the Senate and the Australian people of the specific proposals of that Government on--

(i) its announced intention to repeal the Aboriginal and Torres Islander Acts and to amend the Queensland Lands Act in order to abolish Aboriginal reserves in Queensland;

(ii) what consultative processes it has undertaken and completed to ascertain the desires of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, who presently reside on reserve lands, for land rights and self-management of their own communities.

(iii) the alternative legislative and/or administrative steps it now proposes to take, in accordance with the expressed wishes of the local communities, to provide Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders with land rights or other effective security of tenure of lands now constituting the reserves and of other traditional lands to which they have proper claims;

(iv) what legislative and/or administrative steps it proposes to take to provide effective self-management for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Queensland; and

(v) the date or dates on which such legislative and/or administrative action will be completed, and

(b) if no such advice has been received by the Senate by 29 October 1981, the Bill be restored to the Notice Paper, and the second reading be an Order of the Day for the first sitting day after 29 October 1981, and that such Order of the Day take precedence of all other business on the Notice Paper for that day.''.

Debate ensued.

Ordered--That the debate be adjourned till a later hour of the day, and that Senator Bjelke-Petersen have leave to continue her speech on the resumption of the debate.