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Friday, 15 June 1984
Page: 3208

Senator MACKLIN(9.41) —I wish to read from a letter from the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (Mr Holding), which gives the categorical assurance-as did Senator Ryan previously in debate-that:

. . . where there are traditional Aboriginal owners or custodians of an area or object the subject of an application, those people, or their recognised representatives, will be consulted before any declaration is made.

That is the Minister's assurance. He goes on:

The Government will amend the Act in the Budget sittings to give effect to this assurance.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Elstob) —The question is that clauses 9 to 16 be agreed to.