Second Reading Speeches

Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill 2006

Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

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Amends the

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005
Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976
to: increase access to Aboriginal land for development, especially exploration and mining; facilitate the leasing of Aboriginal land and the mortgaging of leases; provide for a tenure system for townships on Aboriginal land that will allow individuals to have property rights; devolve decision-making powers to regional Aboriginal communities; clarify provisions for the establishment of new Land Councils; increase accountability of Land Councils and incorporated bodies which receive payments for the use of Aboriginal land and provide for funding on the basis of workloads; and dispose of land claims which cannot be heard or finalised or which are clearly inappropriate to grant.

We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of country throughout Australia and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to the people, the cultures and the elders past, present and emerging.

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