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Labor exposed on Native Title Act.

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Philip Ruddock MP

   Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs    Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Reconciliation

Labor Exposed on Native Title Act MPS 039/2000

Labor has today exposed its hypocrisy on indigenous issues including the Native Title Act and reconciliation, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Reconciliation, Philip Ruddock, said today.

When asked on the Nine Network Sunday program, about amendments to the Native Title Act that Labor had previously described as racist, Shadow Minister on Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Mr Melham repeatedly refused to give a commitment to repeal those amendments.

"This refusal reveals the double standards at the centre of the Labor Party's statements on indigenous issues," Mr Ruddock said.

"Added to this Mr Melham also failed to explain Labor's lack of progress on indigenous policy in its 13 years of Government.

"Labor is trying to walk down both sides of the street and appears to be more interested in division, political point scoring and inflammatory language than achieving practical reconciliation," Mr Ruddock said.

The Government is of the view that the 1998 amendments to the Native Title Act are not and never have been racially discriminatory. The amended Native Title Act, when looked at as a whole, continues to provide many significant benefits to native title holders.

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