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Minister has report on Borroloola

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Thfe Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Mr Ian Viner, has received the report by the Aboriginal Land Commissioner* Mr Sustice Toohey, on the Borroloola land claim.

Thb claim, brought last October by the Northern Land Council on behalf of the traditional owners in the Borroloola region, was the first to be heard by the Land Commissioner under the provisions of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976.

The Borroloola claim covers three areas of vacant Crown land, 650 km south-east of Darwin. These are the Borroloola Common, the Sir Edward Pellew Islands and the Robinson River Reserve.

Mr Winer said today he had advised the Northern Land Council in Darwin last week that he expected to be in a position shortly to publish the report and make his decision on the claim.

The Minister for the Northern Territory, Mr Evan Adermann, had also received a copy of Mr Oustice Toohey*s report and. was examining aspects relevant to his portfolio.

CANBERRA, A.C.T. 1 MAY, 1978