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Saturday, 18 December 1993
Page: 5198


Senator CRANE (10.29 p.m.) —I would like to pose a question to the minister about the support for this amendment, because I can see it causing more problems than it will solve. In terms of a state government acquiring the land, for whatever the purpose might be, if it extinguishes native title, presumably compensation has to be paid. What is the status and timing of the paying of that compensation?

  Would it be relevant to a pastoral lease or even to freehold land? I refer to the Johnston Lake country in the south-east of Western Australia. That has been identified in a number of reports as being an area that is suitable for agriculture. So many questions are unanswered in terms of planning the structure of that, including surveying, planning for roads and town sites and the whole range of things that are required when developing the economic and social structure required for farms. Those questions were not satisfactorily dealt with in answer to Senator Alston's question. Could the minister please address some of the points I have raised.