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Tuesday, 21 December 1993
Page: 5490

Senator CHAMARETTE (10.40 p.m.) —Is Senator Crane referring to my amendment 14C?

Senator Crane —Yes.

Senator CHAMARETTE —I do not think that the rights referred to are those conferred on Aboriginal people by validation; they are the rights of people not to be dispossessed or removed from where they reside or exercise access because of statutory reservation or for an equity reason. For example, Aborigines may have been living in a certain area for many years and have a particular attachment to it as part of their culture. The clause does not actually contain the word `rights' except in so far as it says that extinguishment does not confer any right to remove people on a statutory usage or equity basis.