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Tuesday, 15 May 1973
Page: 2151

Mr Hunt asked the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   How many applications from Aboriginal groups for authority to prospect in the Northern Territory have been frozen pending a review of mining policy on Reserves in the Northern Territory.

(2)   How many applications have been made for authority to prospect outside Reserves and how many have been granted.

Mr Bryant - The following reply assumes that part (2) of the question relates only to Aboriginal applicants:

(1)   61 applications for Exploration Licences over areas on Northern Territory Reserves have been received from Aboriginals and are being held, along with other applications, pending the outcome of the inquiries of the Aboriginal Land Rights Commission.

(2)   3 applications have been made by Aboriginals for Exploration Licences outside Reserves; 2 have been granted and one is under consideration.

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