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Wednesday, 1 December 1976

Mr VINER (Stirling) (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) - The explanation is straightforward. The deletion of the reference to communities is designed to bring the clause into line with other provisions to the effect that the land is held for the benefit of groups of Aborigines entitled by tradition to its use and occupation.

Clauses agreed to.

Clause 10.

(3)   For the purposes of this section, a lease of land granted under a law of the Northern Territory relating to mining for minerals shall be deemed to be an estate or interest in that land if the lease was granted before the date of commencement of this section or in pursuance of an agreement entered into by the Commonwealth before that date.

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