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Saturday, 18 December 1993
Page: 5175


Senator GARETH EVANS (Minister for Foreign Affairs) (8.30 p.m.) —Yes.


Senator Crane —How?


Senator GARETH EVANS —Where states purport to grant title over land which is occupied by people enjoying an existing common law right to native title, then the state grant that is made from now on in will be invalid to that extent, or written down to that extent. That is the effect of the High Court decision. All that this statutory scheme does is to create a framework within which these competing rights and issues can more rationally be sorted out.