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Wednesday, 9 March 1977


Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) -The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs will remember stating on 1 1 November 1976 that he had an express undertaking from the Majority Leader of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly that any draft ordinances complementary to this Parliament \s Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act would be prepared in consultation with htm and must be acceptable to him. He will also remember stating on 14 November that if the Territory legislation was considered unsatisfactory the Government could refer it back to the

Legislative Assembly for amendment or could recommend that consent to it be withheld. I ask the Minister: Has the Majority Leader of the Assembly in fact ignored his undertaking and introduced the Aboriginal Lands and Sacred Sites Ordinance 1977 without consulting him? Will the Minister reiterate his statement of 14 November that he would ensure that the Territory legislation accords with Aboriginal wishes and that the Government will not recommend consent to that ordinance if it contravenes the recommendations of Mr Justice A. E. Woodward?







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