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Tuesday, 21 December 1993
Page: 5381


Senator ELLISON (10.47 a.m.) —I wish to go back to clause 51 and amendment 23. That amendment says that the negotiated compensation can be paid by order of the Federal Court to someone else. The words `to that person or another person' are used. I ask about a legal detail: is it still correct, in view of clause 53 dealing with corporate bodies, to say that the money can be paid to someone else? It is implying that native title compensation can be paid to an individual rather than a body corporate. I am highlighting what I see as an inconsistency. If I have it right, amendment 23 is using `that person or another person'. How does that tie in with clause 53, which uses body corporate? This is implying that native title compensation can be paid to an individual. This is what a good deal of the argument has been about—that it does not do that. Clause 53 says only `body corporate'. Is that consistent?