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Wednesday, 14 March 1973
Page: 537

To the Honourable the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of certain members and adherents of the Methodist Church of Australia respectfully showeth:

That they support the plea made to the Commonwealth by their 1972 General Conference and by the Australian Council of Churches for the recognition of the Land Rights of Aborigines and legislation in support thereof.

Your Petitioners therefore humbly pray that this House in consultation with the Aborigines themselves, take effective legislative and other action along lines such as the following:

(1)   The introduction of legislation (where it does not exist) providing for the corporate Aboriginal title to all the Aboriginal Reserves.

(2)   The suspension of provisions of the Mining Acts to give exclusive rights in prospecting and mineral rights in Aboriginal Reserves to corporate Aboriginal groups.

And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray. by Mr Birrell.

Petition received.

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