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Consultations on Native Title agreements and payments



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ATTORNEY-GENERAL HON ROBERT McCLELLAND MP AND MINISTER FOR FAMILIES, HOUSING, COMMUNITY

SERVICES AND INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS HON JENNY MACKLIN MP AND ASSISTANT TREASURER

HON BILL SHORTEN MP

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600  Telephone (02) 6277 7300  Fax (02) 6273 4102 www.attorneygeneral.gov.au

20 October 2010

CONSULTATIONS ON NATIVE TITLE AGREEMENTS AND PAYMENTS

The Australian Government today announced the continuation of the national consultations on the tax treatment of native title and possible reforms to nati ve title agreement processe s.

The Native Title, Indigenous Economic Development and Tax discussion paper outlines the interaction between native title, Indigenous ec onomic development and the income tax system and sets out possible reform approaches.

The paper also discusses how existing deductible gift recipient categories could be adapted to reflect the needs of Indigenous communities.

The Leading Practice Agreements: Maximising Outcomes from Native Title Benefits discussion paper canvasses reforms to ensure that native title a greements deliver the best possible outcomes for Indigenous people.

The paper also covers possible legislative amendments to streamline the process es for agreeing to development and other activity on native title land , as well as clarifying the meaning of ‘in good faith negotiations’ to enc ourage parties to engage in meaningful discussions about future acts under the right to negotiate provisions.

Consultations were held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide earlier this year . Due to the caretaker period , public consultations were then suspended . The Government will continue the round of consultations in Perth, Darwin and Canberra from early November 2010.

The Government is committed to ensuring that benefits from native title agreements flow to cu rrent and future native title holders.

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This requires a continued, concerted effort to ensure the millions of dollars flowing from resource projects to native title holders and cl aimants are used to strengthen sustainable economic and social development, a nd benefit future generations of native title holders.

To find out more about the public consultations, please visit t he Attorney -General ’s website.

Written submissions for both papers close on 30 November 2010.

Copies of the tax consultation paper ca n be found at www.treasury.gov.au . Copies of the native title agreements discussion paper can be found at www.ag.gov.au and www.fahcsia .gov.au .

Media Contacts: Daniel Gleeson (McClelland) 0417 886 111

Jessica Walker (Macklin) 0430 166 633

Shannon Walker (Shorten) 0414 694 476