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Wednesday, 16 November 1983
Page: 2777

Mr PEACOCK —I direct a question to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, and I preface it by referring to a telex from Mr Yunupingu, the Chairman of the Northern Land Council, on 8 November criticising the Government's refusal to allow mining at Jabiluka and Koongarra, in which he said:

. . . the Northern Land Council, acting for its Aboriginal constituents, wishes to express its deep concern at the decision of the Federal Government not to give the go ahead for the Jabiluka and Koongarra uranium deposits and stresses the responsibility of the Government to ensure that adequate compensation is paid without delay to the Aboriginal people as a result of this decision.

In view of stated Australian Labor Party policy to compensate Aboriginal people who are adversely affected by the Party's uranium policy and in view of the Northern Land Council's estimate that the loss of income to the Aborigines from Jabiluka alone is $137m, which far exceeds the $36m Kakadu tourist proposal, what further action will the Government take to ensure that adequate compensation is paid?

Mr HOLDING —I have seen that telex. When the details of claims for compensation are more adequately specified by the Northern Land Council, they will be considered.