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Snowdon warned to come clean on land rights changes



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Senator Grant Tambling Shadow Minister for Regional Development, External Territories and Northern Australia

Media Release

SNOWDON WARNED TO COME CLEAN ON LAND RIGHTS CHANGES

The Northern Territory had a right to know what changes were proposed to the ALP platform on Aboriginal land rights, Senator Grant Tambling said today.

The CLP Senator was referring to a media* comment by NT Federal Member, Warren Snowdon, yesterday in which Mr Snowdon revealed that a "changed platform" would go before the party's biannual conference in Hobart next month.

"Now that Snowdon has publicly mooted a change to the land rights platform, he has no option but to explain the

ramifications of such a change to his Northern Territory constituents.

"His primary obligation is to the Northern Territory not to some faction of the Australian Labor Party."

Senator Tambling warned that if Mr Snowdon failed to detail the proposed platform change he risked creating fears of a 'hidden agenda.'

"Snowdon has publicly criticised the Goss land rights legislation in Queensland as "a fairly gutless exercise," "deficient", "wrong" and "Mickey Mouse."

"So, what would he now like to see written in to the ALP

platform?"

Senator Tambling said the issue was important given that the Federal Government's proposed Council of Reconciliation was due to come before Parliament in the next month and that

action was pending on the future of mining projects at Coronation Hill and Kakadu (uranium).

"Snowdon must come clean now. He cannot afford to jeopardise support for a Council of Reconciliation, introduce elements of doubt into the community or complicate Australia's economic woes by frustrating development and job opportunities."

ENDS Contact: Senator Grant Tambling (089) 81 3567 Tiz Zeroni (089) 81 3567

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* Interview on 8DDD Morning Program 22.5.91 COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY MICAH