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Tuesday, 21 December 1993
Page: 5380

Senator COLLINS (Minister for Transport and Communications) (10.44 a.m.) —I do not believe that, in the balance, that is correct. It could well be argued that the inalienable nature of native title puts native titleholders at a disadvantage. Indeed, as Senator Tambling knows, there are some Aboriginal people who quite forcefully argue against the inalienable nature of native title. The overwhelming majority opinion in the Aboriginal community in Australia, from my own experience, is that that proposition is supported, but I concede to Senator Tambling that it is certainly an arguable proposition. The government's position is, on balance, that this is the correct position and, in real terms in the operation of the act, it will not prevent proper land management proceeding on properties that are owned by Aboriginal people.