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Monday, 20 December 1993
Page: 5351

Senator GARETH EVANS (Minister for Foreign Affairs) (12.16 a.m.) —I was referring to a standard, common or garden pastoral lease and the importance of preserving the full effectiveness of that lease in terms of the economic rights and interests associated with it. There is no intention of the government to undermine that; that is why we have difficulty in accepting any amendment which suggests that native title should have primacy over an already granted lease, rather than the reverse.