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Need to get facts straight on Wik and race

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Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation ANTaR National Clearinghouse PO Box 1176 Rozelle 2039 Tel: 2 9555 6138 Fax: 2 9555 6991

Need to get facts straight on Wik and race

ANTaR National Co-ordinator, Phil Glendenning, warned today that many of the facts on Wik and race are being overlooked.

“One: The outcome of a race election lies to a large extent in the hands of the Government. Without National or Liberal preferences, One Nation is likely to win only a handful of seats.

“The prospects of a race election for Australia are catastrophic. It can be avoided.

“Two: The 10 Point Plan contains “bucketloads of extinguishment” of the property rights of one racial group within Australia. The Commonwealth claims Senator Harradine should participate in this act of racial discrimination for the purpose of reducing racial division in Australia? Come again?

“Taking away Indigenous rights to “solve” these problems will never be the way to go.

“Three: Persuading Senator Harradine to pass the Bill may give the Prime Minister a brief respite from his political problems but it will do nothing of substance to solve the more serious problem of division which we are now facing in Australia.

“Four: It is no idle prediction to say that we face years of vitriolic and divisive litigation if the Bill effectively extinguishing native title is passed by the Senate. Remember that Constitutional experts have warned that the 10 Point Plan will not stand up to court challenge.”

23 June 1993

Media Release

For interviews: Phil Glendenning 2 9810 3922 (w); 2 9457 9294 (h); 0419 013 758.