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Second Reading Speeches

Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill 2006

Type
Government
Portfolio
Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Parliament no
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Summary

Amends the

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005
and
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.