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Transcript of interview: ABC Radio National News: 2CN 7:45 AM: 10 December 1993



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Ian McLachlan

Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and National Development

TRANSCRIPT OF ABC RADIO NATIONAL NEWS 2CN 7.45 AM 10 DECEMBER 1993

Announcer:

Federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister Robert Tickner says the Government will move urgently to put structures in place once the Native Title Bill passes through Parliament. Although the WA Green's Senators are yet to commit themselves to supporting the Bill when it comes to a vote next week, Mr Tickner says he is convinced it will pass. He says the two Green's Senators will never doubt they made the right decision by not sending the Bill to a Senate Select Committee. Mr Tickner says the bulk of the operating mechanism will be put in place by State and Territory Governments but, to take account of Western Australia's stand, Federal structures will also be put in place.

Tickner:

That will be done as quickly as humanly possible. Resources will be allocated as a high priority and I would hope that we could well and truly have things in place in the first half of next year.

Announcer:

Opposition frontbencher Ian McLachlan says the failure of moves for a Senate inquiry into native title laws opens the way for years of litigation. Mr McLachlan says people are being denied the time they need to debate the complex issues. He says, if the Government pushes through its draft legislation, the courts will be overflowing with disputes.

McLachlan:

It'll be just a Mabo mess, that's what it will be in the courts. A lot of money for the lawyers. They must be rubbing their hands unless they think about the future of their kids.

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