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Thursday, 2 December 1976

To the Honourable the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia do humbly pray that the Australian Government:

1   . Extend the freeze on alienation of vacant Crown land in the Northern Territory.

2.   Give urgent consideration to amendments to the Northern Territory (Land Rights) Bill 1976 to give effect to:

(a)   The restoration of the role of land councils and the Land Commissioner.

(b)   The removal of distinction between 'needs' and traditional claims.

(c)   The re-introduction of the 1975 Land Rights Bill's provisions regarding mining.

(d)   The withdrawal of power from the Northern Territory Assembly to make laws over sacred sites, permits and entry to pastoral properties.

(e)   The control of all roads through Aboriginal land being held by the Aboriginal people themselves.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. by Mr E. G. Whitlam, Mr Hurford and Mr Les McMahon.

Petitions received.







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