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Thursday, 29 October 1970

(a)   the Commonwealth Parliament has a clear mandate to act for the advancement of the Aboriginal people, and

(b)   Aborigines require a sound economic basis to rise from their present position of poverty, and

(c)   the granting of special land rights would provide such a basis, and

(d)   common justice and international standards require recognition of traditional ownership rights of indigenous people,

Your petitioners request that your honourable House make legal provision for:

1.   Aboriginal residents on existing reserves throughout the Commonwealth to obtain ownership of the reserves:

2.   the recognition of Aboriginal ownership of traditional land at present owned and leased by the Crown, and

3.   the development of mining, pastoral and other enterprises on all Aboriginal land to be subject to the consent of Aboriginal owners and such conditions as their own legal advisers may arrange.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

Petition received and read.


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