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Tuesday, 7 December 1976


Mr Wentworth asked the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice:

Prior to the debate upon the Aboriginal Land (Northern Territory) Bill 1976, will he supply for the information of Members, (a) maps showing the lands described in the Schedule to the Bill, and the position of these lands in the Northern Territory, (b) maps showing all mining interests, including applications, leases, licences and exploration or other permits, which exist in the lands in the Schedule or which could have any force by revival or otherwise if the Bill becomes law in its present form and (c) brief descriptions of all mining interests included in paragraph (b).


Mr Viner -The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a)   This has already been answered in the affirmative, in my reply to the honourable member's earlier question (No. 1219, Hansard 18 November 1976, page 2928).

(b)   and (c) Maps relating to Mining Leases, Exploration Licences etc. are held by the Mines Branch of the Department of the Northern Terrotory in Darwin, and the Minister for the Northern Territory may be able to make these available. My Department is seeking to obtain copies of the relevant maps but it may not be possible to obtain copies from Darwin before the conclusion of debate in the House.







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