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Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question-That this Bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Paper: Senator Ryan, by leave, laid upon the Table the following Paper:

Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act-Telex from the Central Land Council indicating opposition to proposed amendments to the Act.

Debate continued.

Question-put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

The Senate, according to order, resolved itself into Committee for the consideration of the Bill.

In the Committee

Clauses 1 to 6, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 7 debated and agreed to.

Clause 8 agreed to.

Clause 9 debated and agreed to.

Remainder of Bill, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

Bill to be reported without amendment.

The Acting Deputy-President (Senator Lewis) resumed the Chair; and the Chairman of Committees (Senator McClelland) reported accordingly.

On the motion of the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (Senator Peter Baume) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.