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Thursday, 25 May 1972
Page: 2152

Senator CAVANAGH asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Inter ior, upon notice:

Have a group of Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory applied for mining leases in Murgenella, Tor Rock, and Wellington Ranges: if so, will the leases be granted?

Senator COTTON- The Minister for the Interior has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

No lease applications have been received from a group of Aboriginal people in these locations, all of which are in the one general area of a wildlife sanctuary in north-western Arnhem Land. In an Aboriginal reserve it is necessary to hold an exploration licence before applying for a lease and several exploration licence applications have been made, including one by theGoulburn Island Progress Association representing the Aborigines of Goulburn Island. Some of the applications overlap and consideration of them cannot be completed pending delineation of those parts of the Murgenella Wildlife Sanctuary which will not be available for mineral exploration.

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