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Friday, 30 October 1970

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

(1)   In respect of each mining lease and pastoral holding held in the Northern Territory by overseas controlled companies, what are the conditions of the lease or holding and what is the (a) area of land leased or held, (b) stated purpose of the lease or holding and (c) expiry date.

(2)   What proportion of (a) pastoral holdings and (b) mining leases in the Northern Territory are held by overseas controlled companies.

Mr Nixon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Each mining lease in the Northern Territory, whether held by overseas controlled companies or otherwise, is subject to basic covenants and conditions set out in the Mining Ordinance, including covenants to pay rent and royalties, to use the land continuously and bona fide for the purpose for which it is leased, not to assign or underlet without the consent of the Administrator. All mining leases are subject to covenants and conditions requiring the working of the lease, the protection of Aboriginal rights, restoration of land and such special conditions as are deemed necessary. Pastoral leases are similarly subject to basic covenants and reservations set out in the Crown Lands Ordinance, including reservations of entry and inspection, reservations of all minerals, reservation of a power of resumption, reservation of timber, reservations in favour of Aboriginal inhabitants of the Northern Territory, covenants to pay rent, to use the land for the purpose for which it is leased, to stock the land in accordance with the provisions of the lease, to destroy vermin and noxious weeds, to allow free passage of travelling stock, to avoid pollution of streams and water channels. The Administrator may impose such additional conditions as are considered necessary in particular cases.

Special mineral leases which are granted by the Minister under Division 2a of the Mining Ordinance are subject to the provisions of the

Ordinance and contain such conditions as the Minister determines.

Individual title documents may be inspected at the offices of the Mining Registrar and Registrar of Titles in Darwin. (a), (b) and (c) See table attached.

(2)   (a) Twenty per cent of total leases, (b) Seven per cent of total leases.


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