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Wednesday, 1 December 1976

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

Omit sub-clause (2).

This clause prohibits Aboriginal entry if it interferes with the use or enjoyment of an estate or interest. Very precise recommendations were made by His Honour Mr Justice Woodward in respect to permitting reasonable access to pastoral properties. The fact is that a person can get an interest or an estate which can be quite massive in size and say that Aboriginal people are not allowed entry. This provision can be used or invoked to deprive Aboriginal people of the use of their land. It is a very serious matter. It is just another one of the more recent issues that have come before the Committee, which really cut the whole basis of the Woodward recommendations down to a level where what remains is of infinitesimal benefit to the Aboriginal people. I express great concern that the hour will not allow the Committee to go into this matter in greater depth.

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 72 agreed to.

Clause 73 (Reciprocal legislation of the Northern Territory)

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