Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Current HansardDownload Current Hansard   

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Monday, 20 December 1993
Page: 5296


Senator GARETH EVANS (Minister for Foreign Affairs) (5.44 p.m.) —I do not think that is a fair comment. There will be many issues capable of resolution by agreement. If there is no pressing time frame problem and it is possible to get the determination of the native title status—this will be clear from the body corporate provisions when we get to them—there will be a formal vehicle through which to act—if not necessarily to formally hold the title—on behalf of the titleholders.

  Accordingly, there will be a mechanism available to do these various things and, I imagine, a considerable will to do it on a voluntary agreement basis, if that can be done. It is always preferable to do these things by way of agreement, rather than compulsory acquisition, just as is the practice of governments in dealing with citizens generally. We do not go down the formal notification of compulsory acquisition if we can resolve the matter amicably in other ways. I imagine that that would be the case here as well.