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Tuesday, 28 February 2012
Page: 1070


Senator BOB BROWN (TasmaniaLeader of the Australian Greens) (17:43): I am aware of that, but the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 specifically applies to the Territory. It is not an acceptable argument from the minister that therefore it is redundant to put in the application of that act to ensure that the act is referred to into this piece of legislation. Whether the adviser agrees with that or not, it is common in law to make sure that anybody reading the law does so in companionship with another law. That is what Senator Ludlam is proposing to be done here. What I have not heard from the minister is why it should not be there. He says there are complications. Well, what are they?