Lands of opportunity

Issue date: Sunday, 1 December 2019

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As part of a Federal Parliament inquiry into economic engagement with Traditional Owners, Members of Parliament are travelling to the Northern Territory.

The Northern Australia Committee is holding public hearings in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs, and will hear evidence from Land Councils, Native Title holders, Indigenous business leaders, local councils and other stakeholders.

Committee Chair Warren Entsch says that with 48% of the Territory’s land mass and 80% of its coastline granted as Aboriginal freehold, the Northern Territory is potentially a land of opportunity for Indigenous Australians—the key is finding a way to engage Indigenous people in exploring the opportunities their lands provide.

The Committee will hold public hearings in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs. 

Public hearing details

Date: Tuesday, 10 December 2019
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location: Ballroom B, Hilton Hotel, Mitchell St, Darwin

Date: Wednesday, 11 December 2019
Time: 9:30am to 1:15pm
Location: Roper Gulf Regional Council, Crawford St, Katherine

Date: Thursday, 12 December 2019
Time: 10:30am to 3:45pm
Location: Double Tree by Hilton, Barrett Drive, Alice Springs

The hearings will be broadcast live at

The inquiry commenced in the last Parliament, and was suspended during the election period. To date, the Committee has received 35 submissions and held four public hearings.

Further details of the inquiry, including expanded terms of reference, can be found on the Committee’s website.

Media inquiries

Hon Warren Entsch MP, Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia
02 6277 4803

For background information

Committee Secretariat
02 6277 4162

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