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Wednesday, 27 November 1985
Page: 2317

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled.

The petition of the undersigned respectfully showeth that your petitioners:

1. Are deeply concerned at the impact the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act has had upon the economic and social development of the Northern Territory.

2. Believe that the Act has curtailed the development of the mining industry in the Northern Territory, thus depriving the Territory of the income which would have otherwise been generated by the development of its mineral resources.

3. Are concerned at the effect of provisions in the Act which have led to the virtual dissection of pastoral leases, through the successful claims made upon stock routes. This has undermined the economic viability of some properties and created racial disharmony in the Northern Territory.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that-

The Government will amend the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act to restore Aboriginal land holders to a position no more or less advantageous than their non-Aboriginal counterparts, particularly in relation to applications to explore for or develop minerals on their land, and to ensure that a date is set by which claims for land under the Act should be lodged.