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18    Indigenous Australians— Agreement between the Gumatj and Equatorial Launch Australia

Senator McCarthy, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 644—

(1)       That the Senate—

(a)       acknowledges the historic agreement between First Nations people, the Gumatj, and Equatorial Launch Australia (ELA), which has secured land in North East Arnhem Land to establish Australia’s first commercial space centre;

(b)       commends the Northern Territory Government, the Gumatj, ELA and Developing East Arnhem Limited on their partnership for including the world’s oldest culture in the creation of the newest technologies; and

(c)       congratulates the work of the Gumatj clan and the Northern Land Council for securing a 99 year head lease for the township of Gunyangara, and the future economic opportunity and security this represents.

(2)       That governments across Australia continue to work with First Nations people for the betterment of their communities and the nation as a whole.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.