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Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1997

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1997

 

 

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH

OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

 

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

ABORIGINAL LAND RIGHTS (NORTHERN TERRITORY) AMENDMENT BILL 1997

 

 

 

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

 

 

 

(Circulated by authority of the

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs,

Senator the Hon. John Herron)

 

88754  Cat. No. 96 9144 8  ISBN 0644 50439 0



 

 

ABORIGINAL LAND RIGHTS (NORTHERN TERRITORY)

AMENDMENT BILL 1997

 

 

 

 

OUTLINE

 

The Bill provides for the disposal of Aboriginal land claims over stock routes and stock reserves.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPACT STATEMENT

 

Financial impact of the amendments is expected to be nil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



NOTES ON CLAUSES

 

 

Clause 1 - Short title

 

This clause provides that the Act may be cited as the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Act 1997.

 

Clause 2 - Commencement

 

This Clause provides

·       the Act will commence on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent,

·       the amendments to section 67A of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 will commence on

(a)       the proclamation of the commencement of Schedule 1 or

(b)      if Schedule 1 does not commence within 12 months after the Act receives the Royal Assent then the day after the end of that period.

A 12 month period for proclamation has been allowed so that the amendments can commence at the same time as certain amendments to the Aboriginal Living Areas provisions of the Northern Territory Pastoral Land Act which have yet to be enacted.

 

 

Clause 3 - Schedule

 

1.   This clause provides that the Act specified in the Schedule to the Act is amended as set out in the Schedule

 

 

 

Schedule 1

AMENDMENTS OF THE

ABORIGINAL LAND RIGHTS (NORTHERN TERRITORY) ACT 1976

 

Items 1 and 2 - Amendment of Section 67A

 

These items amend section 67A by providing that traditional land claims to which subsection 50(2D) applies are taken to have been finally disposed of.  Subsection 50(2D) applies to land claims, over stock routes or stock reserves, in relation to which the Aboriginal Land Commissioner had not commenced an inquiry as at 1 March 1990.