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Thursday, 18 November 1976


Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice:

(   1 ) Is there increasing disquiet about the ending of the freeze on alienation of vacant crown land in the Northern

Territory on 3 1 December 1976, as evidenced by motions recently passed at the Northern Land Council and at the land rights meeting in Sydney attended by Aboriginal delegates from all over Australia.

(2)   Will he give urgent consideration to extending the freeze for a period of 12 months after the passing of the Northern Territory Land Rights Bill later in 1 976.


Mr Viner -The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) I have received representations from some groups concerning the freeze on the release of unalienated Crown land in the Northern Territory. In my replies, and in answers to several questions in the Parliament, I have indicated that there is no reason for concern that the ending of the freeze will adversely affect Aboriginal interests. I refer in particular to my answer to a question without notice on 2 November by the Honourable the Leader of the Opposition.

As I indicated in that reply, I do not believe that any extension of the freeze is required, but I will be glad to consider requests for an extension if it can be established that it is necessary.







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