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Tuesday, 21 December 1993
Page: 5465

Senator MINCHIN (8.22 p.m.) —To be fair to the minister, I raised the issue in the context of Western Australia. It seems that he is saying that statutory rights will be treated as native title for the purpose of this bill. Senator Alston raised the issue of these statutory rights. If they are to be treated as native title, how do we logically separate that from common law native title? To the extent that a court deals with statutory rights in Western Australia, the law thus created is not part of common law native title.