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Wednesday, 1 December 1976
Page: 3070

Mr VINER (Stirling) (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) - The Government cannot accept the amendment. The Bill as I have indicated before deals with traditional land rights. The granting of land to an Aboriginal council would not be in the nature of a traditional land right. His Honour, Mr Justice Woodward, at paragraph 89 of his report recommended the use of a trust, that is a land trust, in all cases for convenience of legislation and ease of understanding. The Aboriginal Councils and Associations Bill which was passed recently by this chamber allows for the creation of Aboriginal councils and the holding of land by those councils.

Proposed new clause negatived.

Clauses 2 1 and 22- by leave- taken together, and agreed to.

Clause 23 (Functions of Land Council).

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