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Monday, 6 September 1993
Page: 930


Senator CHAMARETTE —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

    (a)notes:

      (i)the presence in Parliament House in the week beginning 5 September 1993 of elders and other members of the Guugu-Yimidhirr and Guugu-Gambiil-Mugu people, the traditional owners of the Starcke region of Cape York Peninsula, and

      (ii)that the Starcke region is about 200 000 hectares of high quality wilderness which is currently controlled by George Quaid Holdings Pty Ltd and has been offered for sale in the United States (US) for $US18 million; and

    (b)calls on:

      (i)the State and Federal Governments to instigate immediately a full and independent inquiry into the land acquisition deals over the Starcke area, and

      (ii)the Australian Government to acquire Starcke and return the land to its traditional custodians as a mark of true reconciliation with Aboriginal people.