NLC’s na­tive ti­tle fears

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PRO­POSED changes to the Pas­toral Land Act would stop indige­nous groups car­ry­ing out their na­tive ti­tle rights, the North­ern Land Coun­cil says.

NLC chair­man Sa­muel Bush-Blanasi said the pro­posed amend­ments would dis­ad­van­tage tra­di­tional own­ers.

“It needs to be re­mem­bered that pas­toral lessees do not own the land and do not have a right of ex­clu­sive pos­ses­sion.”

The NLC is lob­by­ing the Gov­ern­ment for a le­gal right to give na­tive ti­tle hold­ers a say in the grant of non-pas­toral use per­mits or sub­leases.

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