The Australian government grants two Aboriginal claims
THE Australian government has proposed to grant Aborginal title claims to two parcels of land in the Northern Territory (NT). Two claims by Aboriginal groups, Innesvale claim, covering 283,700 hectares (ha), and the Urrpantyenye claim, covering 6,554 ha, would bring the number of Aboriginal land holdings in the NT under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act to 61. The Innesvale claim was an agreement between the NT government and Northern Land Council (NLC), said reconciliation minister Philip Ruddock.
"This Bill reflects the continuing commitment of the government to grant titles of traditional lands to the Aboriginal people of the between the NT government and Northern Land Council (NLC), said reconciliation minister Philip Ruddock. The also lifts the compulsory retirement age for Aboriginal Land Commissioners from 65 years to 70.
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