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Thursday, 22 May 1980
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Dr Everingham asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice, on 22 April 1980:

Has the Minister or the Department of Aboriginal Affairs received representations from the Minister or the Department of National Development and Energy seeking amendment of sub-section 43 (2) of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 in a way to deprive Aboriginal landholders of the right to payments based on mineral values; if so, what are the details of the representations.


Mr Viner -The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

During a limited review by Government of arbitral and other procedural provisions of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act which I announced on 24 January 1 979, the Department of National Development and Energy brought to notice difficulties being experienced in respect of payments required under sub-section 43 (2) of the Act in relation to petroleum titles which existed prior to the operation of the Act. The matter was not dealt with in that review. However, in the context of the examination of practical difficulties which have arisen in the operation of the Land Rights Act being undertaken at my request by Mr Barry Rowland, Q.C., I understand that the Department of National Development and Energy raised for Mr Rowland 's consideration whether clarification of the Act is required regarding the kind of payments envisaged under sub-section 43 (2). I expect to have Mr Rowland's report on this and other aspects of the operation of the Act shortly.







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