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Wednesday, 1 December 1976
Page: 3074


Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I move:

Omit the clause, substitute the following clause: "50.(1) The functions of the Commissioner are-

(a)   to ascertain, and to report to the Minister on, the needs of Aboriginals, whether as individuals or communities, for land in the Northern Territory to be used for residential, employment or other purposes;

(b)   to ascertain, and to report to the Minister on, the availability of land to satisfy the needs referred to in paragraph (a);

(c)   to prepare for the consideration of the Minister plans for the acquisition and development of land in the

Northern Territory by, or for the benefit of, Aboriginals and financial estimates of the cost of carrying out such plans;

(d)   to advise the Minister in connexion with-

(i)   the making of recommendations for the granting of land under section 1 1 or 20A;

(ii)   the resumption of Crown Land held under a lease that is required for Aboriginal community purposes;

(iii)   the reservation by planning authorities of land for Aboriginal community purposes in towns;

(iv)   the revocation of a grant of land made to an Aboriginal Council under section 20a; and

(   v) any other matter relevant to the operation of this Act that is referred to the Commissioner by the Minister;

(e)   on an application being made to the Commissioner by or on behalf of the traditional Aboriginal owners of land, being Crown land, to inquire into, and to report to the Minister on, the desirability of securing that land for the use of those traditional owners; and

(   f) to compile and keep maps and other records concerning traditional Aboriginal owners of land, other than Aboriginal land, in the Northern Territory. "(2) In carrying out his functions the Commissioner shall have regard to the following principles-

(a)   Aboriginals who by choice are living at a place on the traditional country of the tribe or linguistic group to which they belong but do not have a right or entitlement to live at that place ought, where practicable, to be able to acquire secure occupancy of that place; and

(b)   Aboriginals who are not living at a place on the traditional country of the tribe or linguistic group to which they belong but desire to live at such a place ought, where practicable, to be able to acquire secure occupancy of such a place. ".

Amendment negatived.







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