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Wednesday, 1 December 1976
Page: 3068

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) -I should like to comment on what the Minister for Primary Inustry (Mr Sinclair) has said. The Aboriginal people have waited 30 000 to 40 000 years for this legislation. It has been mooted for a long time by the present Government. I put it to the Minister in charge of the House that nothing deleterious will happen to the Aboriginal people if the debate is adjourned tonight and resumed tomorrow, Friday or even next week. Perhaps we could sit longer to debate this Bill. This question has been left unattended for a long time, for 175 years. I do not think we can do justice to the legislation in the time that the Minister has proposed.

I ask him whether he will seriously consider extending the time for this debate because there are very important matters yet to be dealt with and it would be a tragedy if the debate concluded with Aboriginal people outside feeling unrepresented. I know, for example that people of one Aboriginal reserve area, the Tanamai people, will be deprived of effective coverage. Their case has not even been mentioned at this stage. It is the last amendment of the 28 amendments that the Opposition will be moving.

Mr Sinclair - I suggest you proceed with the amendments as quickly as possible.

Clause agreed to.

Mr Bryant - The Opposition wishes to move an amendment.

The DEPUTY CHAIRMAN (Dr Jenkins)Order!

Mr Bryant - I should like to speak to clause 14 before the question is put.

The DEPUTY CHATRMAN-Order! I am sorry, the honourable member for Wills must resume his seat. The question has already been put.

Clause 15. (Payments to Land Council in respect of occupation of land by the Crown, etc.)

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