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Tuesday, 21 December 1993
Page: 5365

Senator COLLINS (Minister for Transport and Communications) (9.47 a.m.) —That is correct. There would be no doubt that the sort of circumstance in which this kind of opportunity—and that is what it is—might exist is where a situation is open to be resolved amicably in favour not only of the claimants but also the person against whom the claim is made. I would envisage that there would be many situations in reality on the ground where that will occur. This simply provides the additional flexibility to get a resolution of the issue not just in favour of the Aboriginal claimant but an arrangement which, in a great many cases, will suit other parties that are involved in this. Senator Panizza is quite right, we are not only talking about being able to make available land which is native title land. A piece of land might be available which the Commonwealth, ATSIC, or some other body, can purchase from the owner if the owner is willing to sell.