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representatives vote 2006-06-19#3

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Title

Description

  • The majority voted in favour of a [http://www.openaustralia.org/debates/?id=2006-06-19.105.2 motion] "That the words proposed to be omitted (Mr Snowdon’s amendment) stand part of the question." This means that the words that Labor MP [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Snowdon&mpc=Lingiari&house=representatives Warren Snowdon] had wanted to omit will remain unchanged and so Mr Snowdon's amendment was unsuccessful.
  • Mr Snowdon's amendment would have amended the original motion "That the bill be read a second time" with the following:
  • ''That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: “whilst welcoming many measures contained in the bill including the mining and exploration provisions, the House is of the opinion that some other provisions of this bill:''
  • ''(1) undermine the integrity of the Principal Act by eroding the rights of traditional owners and the independence of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_council land councils];''
  • ''(2) are a recipe for uncertainty for development on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigenous_Australians Aboriginal] land;''
  • ''(3) should be withdrawn and redrafted to provide a more balanced approach that ensures:''
  • ''(a) the informed consent of traditional owners to major changes;''
  • ''(b) that traditional owners as land owners are not unfairly constrained in optimising their financial and other benefits under the 99 year lease;''
  • ''(c) the better promotion and facilitation of economic development on Aboriginal land including home ownership opportunities for Aboriginal people;''
  • ''(d) the protection of traditional owners’ rights to control access and development on their own land; and''
  • ''(e) the maintenance of the independence and viability of land councils to defend and pursue the interests of traditional owners and other Aboriginal people living on Aboriginal land.”''
  • Background to the bill
  • The bill was introduced to amend the ''[http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/aatsia2005359/ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005]'' and the ''[http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/alrta1976444/ Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976]'' to:(Read more about the ''Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976'' [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aboriginal_Land_Rights_%28Northern_Territory%29_Act_1976 here]. )
  • * 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.(Read more about the bill [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r2578 here]. More information is available in the [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd0506/06bd158 bills digest].)
  • According to the bill's [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fems%2Fr2578_ems_eb89066e-019c-4063-8303-ce8a9708f387%22 explanatory memorandum], this bill implements reforms drawn from three reviews of the ''Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976'' conducted over the last nine years.
  • References
  • The majority voted in favour of a [motion](http://www.openaustralia.org/debates/?id=2006-06-19.105.2) "That the words proposed to be omitted (Mr Snowdon’s amendment) stand part of the question." This means that the words that Labor MP [Warren Snowdon](http://publicwhip-rails.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Snowdon&mpc=Lingiari&house=representatives) had wanted to omit will remain unchanged and so Mr Snowdon's amendment was unsuccessful.
  • Mr Snowdon's amendment would have amended the original motion "That the bill be read a second time" with the following:
  • _That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: “whilst welcoming many measures contained in the bill including the mining and exploration provisions, the House is of the opinion that some other provisions of this bill:_ _(1) undermine the integrity of the Principal Act by eroding the rights of traditional owners and the independence of [land councils](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_council);_ _(2) are a recipe for uncertainty for development on [Aboriginal](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigenous_Australians) land;_ _(3) should be withdrawn and redrafted to provide a more balanced approach that ensures:_ _(a) the informed consent of traditional owners to major changes;_ _(b) that traditional owners as land owners are not unfairly constrained in optimising their financial and other benefits under the 99 year lease;_ _(c) the better promotion and facilitation of economic development on Aboriginal land including home ownership opportunities for Aboriginal people;_ _(d) the protection of traditional owners’ rights to control access and development on their own land; and_ _(e) the maintenance of the independence and viability of land councils to defend and pursue the interests of traditional owners and other Aboriginal people living on Aboriginal land.”_
  • Background to the bill
  • The bill was introduced to amend the _ [Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005](http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/aatsia2005359/)_ and the _ [Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976](http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/alrta1976444/)_ to:(Read more about the _Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976_ [here](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aboriginal_Land_Rights_%28Northern_Territory%29_Act_1976). )
  • - 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.(Read more about the bill [here](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r2578). More information is available in the [bills digest](http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd0506/06bd158).)
  • According to the bill's [explanatory memorandum](http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fems%2Fr2578_ems_eb89066e-019c-4063-8303-ce8a9708f387%22), this bill implements reforms drawn from three reviews of the _Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976_ conducted over the last nine years.
  • References
representatives vote 2006-06-19#3

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on 2014-10-07 16:16:51

Title

Description

  • The majority voted in favour of a [http://www.openaustralia.org/debates/?id=2006-06-19.105.2 motion] "That the words proposed to be omitted (Mr Snowdon’s amendment) stand part of the question." This means that the words that Labor MP [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Snowdon&mpc=Lingiari&house=representatives Warren Snowdon] had wanted to omit will remain unchanged and so Mr Snowdon's amendment was unsuccessful.
  • Mr Snowdon's amendment would have amended the original motion "That the bill be read a second time" with the following:
  • ''That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: “whilst welcoming many measures contained in the bill including the mining and exploration provisions, the House is of the opinion that some other provisions of this bill:''
  • ''(1) undermine the integrity of the Principal Act by eroding the rights of traditional owners and the independence of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_council land councils];''
  • ''(2) are a recipe for uncertainty for development on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigenous_Australians Aboriginal] land;''
  • ''(3) should be withdrawn and redrafted to provide a more balanced approach that ensures:''
  • ''(a) the informed consent of traditional owners to major changes;''
  • ''(b) that traditional owners as land owners are not unfairly constrained in optimising their financial and other benefits under the 99 year lease;''
  • ''(c) the better promotion and facilitation of economic development on Aboriginal land including home ownership opportunities for Aboriginal people;''
  • ''(d) the protection of traditional owners’ rights to control access and development on their own land; and''
  • ''(e) the maintenance of the independence and viability of land councils to defend and pursue the interests of traditional owners and other Aboriginal people living on Aboriginal land.”''
  • Background to the bill
  • The bill was introduced to amend the ''[http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/aatsia2005359/ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005]'' and the ''[http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/alrta1976444/ Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976]'' to:[1]
  • The bill was introduced to amend the ''[http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/aatsia2005359/ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005]'' and the ''[http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/alrta1976444/ Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976]'' to:(Read more about the ''Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976'' [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aboriginal_Land_Rights_%28Northern_Territory%29_Act_1976 here]. )
  • * 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.[2]
  • * dispose of land claims which cannot be heard or finalised or which are clearly inappropriate to grant.(Read more about the bill [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r2578 here]. More information is available in the [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd0506/06bd158 bills digest].)
  • According to the bill's [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fems%2Fr2578_ems_eb89066e-019c-4063-8303-ce8a9708f387%22 explanatory memorandum], this bill implements reforms drawn from three reviews of the ''Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976'' conducted over the last nine years.
  • References
  • * [1] Read more about the ''Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976'' [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aboriginal_Land_Rights_%28Northern_Territory%29_Act_1976 here].
  • * [2] Read more about the bill [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r2578 here]. More information is available in the [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd0506/06bd158 bills digest].
representatives vote 2006-06-19#3

Edited by mackay

on 2014-05-21 14:42:26

Title

Description

  • The majority voted in favour of a [http://www.openaustralia.org/debates/?id=2006-06-19.105.2 motion] "That the words proposed to be omitted (Mr Snowdon’s amendment) stand part of the question." This means that the words that Labor MP [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Snowdon&mpc=Lingiari&house=representatives Warren Snowdon] had wanted to omit will remain unchanged and so Mr Snowdon's amendment was unsuccessful.
  • Mr Snowdon's amendment would have amended the original motion "That the bill be read a second time" with the following:
  • ''That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: “whilst welcoming many measures contained in the bill including the mining and exploration provisions, the House is of the opinion that some other provisions of this bill:''
  • ''(1) undermine the integrity of the Principal Act by eroding the rights of traditional owners and the independence of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_council land councils];''
  • ''(2) are a recipe for uncertainty for development on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigenous_Australians Aboriginal] land;''
  • ''(3) should be withdrawn and redrafted to provide a more balanced approach that ensures:''
  • ''(a) the informed consent of traditional owners to major changes;''
  • ''(b) that traditional owners as land owners are not unfairly constrained in optimising their financial and other benefits under the 99 year lease;''
  • ''(c) the better promotion and facilitation of economic development on Aboriginal land including home ownership opportunities for Aboriginal people;''
  • ''(d) the protection of traditional owners’ rights to control access and development on their own land; and''
  • ''(e) the maintenance of the independence and viability of land councils to defend and pursue the interests of traditional owners and other Aboriginal people living on Aboriginal land.”''
  • Background to the bill
  • The bill was introduced to amend the ''[http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/aatsia2005359/ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005]'' and the ''[http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/alrta1976444/ Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976]'' to:[1]
  • * 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.[2]
  • According to the bill's [http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fems%2Fr2578_ems_eb89066e-019c-4063-8303-ce8a9708f387%22 explanatory memorandum], this bill implements reforms drawn from three reviews of the ''Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976'' conducted over the last nine years.
  • References
  • * [1] Read more about the ''Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976'' [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aboriginal_Land_Rights_%28Northern_Territory%29_Act_1976 here].
  • * [2] Read more about the bill [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r2578 here]. More information is available in the [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd0506/06bd158 bills digest].
representatives vote 2006-06-19#3

Edited by mackay

on 2014-05-17 17:45:35

Title

Description

  • The majority voted in favour of a [http://www.openaustralia.org/debates/?id=2006-06-19.105.2 motion] "That the words proposed to be omitted (Mr Snowdon’s amendment) stand part of the question." This means that the words that Labor MP [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Snowdon&mpc=Lingiari&house=representatives Warren Snowdon] had wanted to omit will remain unchanged and so Mr Snowdon's amendment was unsuccessful.
  • Mr Snowdon's amendment would have amended the original motion "That the bill be read a second time" with the following:
  • ''That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: “whilst welcoming many measures contained in the bill including the mining and exploration provisions, the House is of the opinion that some other provisions of this bill:''
  • ''(1) undermine the integrity of the Principal Act by eroding the rights of traditional owners and the independence of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_council land councils];''
  • ''(2) are a recipe for uncertainty for development on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigenous_Australians Aboriginal] land;''
  • ''(3) should be withdrawn and redrafted to provide a more balanced approach that ensures:''
  • ''(a) the informed consent of traditional owners to major changes;''
  • ''(b) that traditional owners as land owners are not unfairly constrained in optimising their financial and other benefits under the 99 year lease;''
  • ''(c) the better promotion and facilitation of economic development on Aboriginal land including home ownership opportunities for Aboriginal people;''
  • ''(d) the protection of traditional owners’ rights to control access and development on their own land; and''
  • ''(e) the maintenance of the independence and viability of land councils to defend and pursue the interests of traditional owners and other Aboriginal people living on Aboriginal land.”''
  • Background to the bill
  • The bill was introduced to amend the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 and the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aboriginal_Land_Rights_%28Northern_Territory%29_Act_1976 Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976] to:
  • The bill was introduced to amend the ''[http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/aatsia2005359/ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005]'' and the ''[http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/alrta1976444/ Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976]'' to:[1]
  • * 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.[1]
  • * dispose of land claims which cannot be heard or finalised or which are clearly inappropriate to grant.[2]
  • References
  • * [1] Read more about the bill [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r2578 here]. More information is available in the [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd0506/06bd158 bills digest].
  • * [1] Read more about the ''Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976'' [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aboriginal_Land_Rights_%28Northern_Territory%29_Act_1976 here].
  • * [2] Read more about the bill [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r2578 here]. More information is available in the [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd0506/06bd158 bills digest].
representatives vote 2006-06-19#3

Edited by mackay

on 2014-05-17 17:30:28

Title

Description

  • The majority voted in favour of a motion "''That the words proposed to be omitted (Mr Snowdon’s amendment) stand part of the question.''" This means that the words that Labor MP [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Snowdon&mpc=Lingiari&house=representatives Warren Snowdon] had wanted to omit will remain unchanged and so Mr Snowdon's amendment was unsuccessful.
  • Mr Snowdon's amendment was:
  • The majority voted in favour of a [http://www.openaustralia.org/debates/?id=2006-06-19.105.2 motion] "That the words proposed to be omitted (Mr Snowdon’s amendment) stand part of the question." This means that the words that Labor MP [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Snowdon&mpc=Lingiari&house=representatives Warren Snowdon] had wanted to omit will remain unchanged and so Mr Snowdon's amendment was unsuccessful.
  • Mr Snowdon's amendment would have amended the original motion "That the bill be read a second time" with the following:
  • ''That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: “whilst welcoming many measures contained in the bill including the mining and exploration provisions, the House is of the opinion that some other provisions of this bill:''
  • ''(1) undermine the integrity of the Principal Act by eroding the rights of traditional owners and the independence of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_council land councils];''
  • ''(2) are a recipe for uncertainty for development on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigenous_Australians Aboriginal] land;''
  • ''(3) should be withdrawn and redrafted to provide a more balanced approach that ensures:''
  • ''(a) the informed consent of traditional owners to major changes;''
  • ''(b) that traditional owners as land owners are not unfairly constrained in optimising their financial and other benefits under the 99 year lease;''
  • ''(c) the better promotion and facilitation of economic development on Aboriginal land including home ownership opportunities for Aboriginal people;''
  • ''(d) the protection of traditional owners’ rights to control access and development on their own land; and''
  • ''(e) the maintenance of the independence and viability of land councils to defend and pursue the interests of traditional owners and other Aboriginal people living on Aboriginal land.”''
  • Background to the bill
  • The bill was introduced to amend the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 and the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aboriginal_Land_Rights_%28Northern_Territory%29_Act_1976 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.[1]
  • References
  • * [1] Read more about the bill [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r2578 here]. More information is available in the [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd0506/06bd158 bills digest].
  • * [1] Read more about the bill [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r2578 here]. More information is available in the [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd0506/06bd158 bills digest].
representatives vote 2006-06-19#3

Edited by mackay

on 2014-05-17 17:27:29

Title

  • Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill 2006 Second Reading
  • Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill 2006 - Second Reading - Keep the words unchanged

Description

  • <p pwmotiontext="moved">That this bill be now read a second time.</p>
  • <p pwmotiontext="moved">
  • That all words after &#8220;That&#8221; be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:
  • &#8220;whilst welcoming many measures contained in the bill including the mining and exploration provisions, the House is of the opinion that some other provisions of this bill:
  • <dl><dt>(1)</dt><dd>undermine the integrity of the Principal Act by eroding the rights of traditional owners and the independence of land councils;</dd><dt>(2)</dt><dd>are a recipe for uncertainty for development on Aboriginal land;</dd><dt>(3)</dt><dd>should be withdrawn and redrafted to provide a more balanced approach that ensures:<dl><dt>(a)</dt><dd>the informed consent of traditional owners to major changes;</dd><dt>(b)</dt><dd>that traditional owners as land owners are not unfairly constrained in optimising their financial and other benefits under the 99 year lease;</dd><dt>(c)</dt><dd>the better promotion and facilitation of economic development on Aboriginal land including home ownership opportunities for Aboriginal people;</dd><dt>(d)</dt><dd>the protection of traditional owners&#8217; rights to control access and development on their own land; and</dd><dt>(e)</dt><dd>the maintenance of the independence and viability of land councils to defend and pursue the interests of traditional owners and other Aboriginal people living on Aboriginal land.&#8221;</dd></dl></dd></dl></p>
  • <p pwmotiontext="moved">
  • That all words after &#8220;That&#8221; be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:
  • &#8220;whilst welcoming many measures contained in the Bill including the mining and exploration provisions, the House is of the opinion that some other provisions of this Bill:
  • <dl><dt>(1)</dt><dd>undermine the integrity of the Principal Act by eroding the rights of traditional owners and the independence of land councils;</dd><dt>(2)</dt><dd>are a recipe for uncertainty for development on Aboriginal land;</dd><dt>(3)</dt><dd>should be withdrawn and redrafted to provide a more balanced approach that ensures:<dl><dt>(a)</dt><dd>the informed consent of traditional owners to major changes;</dd><dt>(b)</dt><dd>that traditional owners as land owners are not unfairly constrained in optimising their financial and other benefits under the 99 year lease;</dd><dt>(c)</dt><dd>the better promotion and facilitation of economic development on Aboriginal land including home ownership opportunities for Aboriginal people;</dd><dt>(d)</dt><dd>the protection of traditional owners&#8217; rights to control access and development on their own land; and</dd><dt>(e)</dt><dd>the maintenance of the independence and viability of land councils to defend and pursue the interests of traditional owners and other Aboriginal people living on Aboriginal land&#8221;.</dd></dl></dd></dl></p>
  • <p pwmotiontext="moved">That the words proposed to be omitted (<b>Mr Snowdon&#8217;s amendment</b>) stand part of the question.</p>
  • The majority voted in favour of a motion "''That the words proposed to be omitted (Mr Snowdon’s amendment) stand part of the question.''" This means that the words that Labor MP [http://publicwhip-test.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/mp.php?mpn=Warren_Snowdon&mpc=Lingiari&house=representatives Warren Snowdon] had wanted to omit will remain unchanged and so Mr Snowdon's amendment was unsuccessful.
  • Mr Snowdon's amendment was:
  • ''That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: “whilst welcoming many measures contained in the bill including the mining and exploration provisions, the House is of the opinion that some other provisions of this bill:''
  • ''(1) undermine the integrity of the Principal Act by eroding the rights of traditional owners and the independence of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_council land councils];''
  • ''(2) are a recipe for uncertainty for development on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigenous_Australians Aboriginal] land;''
  • ''(3) should be withdrawn and redrafted to provide a more balanced approach that ensures:''
  • ''(a) the informed consent of traditional owners to major changes;''
  • ''(b) that traditional owners as land owners are not unfairly constrained in optimising their financial and other benefits under the 99 year lease;''
  • ''(c) the better promotion and facilitation of economic development on Aboriginal land including home ownership opportunities for Aboriginal people;''
  • ''(d) the protection of traditional owners’ rights to control access and development on their own land; and''
  • ''(e) the maintenance of the independence and viability of land councils to defend and pursue the interests of traditional owners and other Aboriginal people living on Aboriginal land.”''
  • Background to the bill
  • The bill was introduced to amend the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 and the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aboriginal_Land_Rights_%28Northern_Territory%29_Act_1976 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.[1]
  • References
  • * [1] Read more about the bill [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r2578 here]. More information is available in the [http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/bd/bd0506/06bd158 bills digest].