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Northern Territory National Emergency Response Bill 2007

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The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia




Northern Territory National Emergency Response Bill 2007


(1)     Clause 6, page 9 (after line 27), at the end of the clause, add:

             (3)  The Minister must cause an independent and comprehensive annual review of this Act, the Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Northern Territory National Emergency Response and Other Measures) Act 2007 ; and the Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Payment Reform) Act 2007 to:

                     (a)  gauge their impact on Indigenous communities; and

                     (b)  ensure that the Act's outcomes are consistent with the recommendations of the Report of the Northern Territory Board of Inquiry into the Protection of Aboriginal Children from Sexual Abuse 2007.

             (4)  The person or organisation undertaking the review must give the Minister a written report of the review.

             (5)  The Minister must cause a copy of the report to be tabled in each House of Parliament within 15 sitting days of receiving it.

             (6)  These annual reviews are to continue until the end of the 5 year sunset clause, with the first review due to report 12 months after this Act is passed.

[independent annual reviews]

(2)     Part 4, clauses 31 to 64, page 28 (line 2) to page 51 (line 30), TO BE OPPOSED .

[acquisition of rights - 5 year leases]

(Amendment (3) is an alternative to amendment (2))

(Amendment (3) is moved jointly by Senator Bartlett and Senator Evans)

(3)     Clause 35, page 32 (after line 26), at the end of the clause, add:

           (12)  The rights of traditional Aboriginal land owners, notwithstanding their absence from their traditional lands and in accordance with section 71 of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1976 , continue despite this section .

[recognition of Aboriginal rights notwithstanding absence]

(4)     Clause 37, page 34 (after line 11), after subclause (6), insert:

          (6A)  If the Land Trust proposes to grant, terminate or vary a town lease, it must not do so until after it has consulted with an Indigenous Consultative Land Council (ICLC) comprising:

                     (a)  one (1) representative of the federal Government;

                     (b)  one (1) representative from the Northern Territory Government; and

                     (c)  three (3) representatives from the local Indigenous land councils,

all of whom must have had relevant experience in town leases.

[New indigenous body for township leases]

(5)     Part 5, page 52 (line 1) to page 67 (line 27), TO BE OPPOSED .

[business management areas]

(6)     Clause 90, page 68 (lines 2 to 32), TO BE OPPOSED .

[customary law]

(7)     Clause 91, page 69 (lines 1 to 11), TO BE OPPOSED .

[customary law]

(8)     Part 7, Division 4, page 82 (line 2) to page 85 (line 6), TO BE OPPOSED .

[acquisition by the Commonwealth

(Amendment (9) is an alternative to amendment (8))

(9)     Clause 93, page 71 (after line 3), after paragraph (1)(a), insert:

                    (aa)  the community store’s capacity to train locally employed community members;

[community store's capacity to train locals for employment]

(10)   Clause 132, page 93 (lines 11 to 19), TO BE OPPOSED .

[racial discrimination]