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Wednesday, 1 December 1976

Mr VINER (Stirling) (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) - I thank my colleague the Minister for the Northern Territory (Mr Adermann) for what he has said so as to clarify the position of the legislation, particularly with respect to the assurances that have been given and the participation of this Government, through me as Minister, in the preparation of the complementary legislation. Might I refer the Opposition to the provisions of clause 73 ( 1 ) (a) which will require the Legislative Assembly ordinances to accord with certain stipulations that are directed towards protecting the interests of Aboriginals. Might I also with respect to the amendment refer members of the Opposition to sub-clause (6) and point out to them what they are proposing to do with regard to sacred sites which they seek to protect. That sub-clause envisages the legal desecration of sacred sites in relation to a mining operation. Not only that, a proposal of this nature negates the whole intention of this section as it further envisages the sale of a sacred site to rnining interests. That is the proposal put forward by members of the Opposition who are so intent on denigrating rnining in the name of upholding Aboriginal interests.

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 70 ( Entry on Aboriginal land )

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