Turnbull upholds TO veto right
THE Turnbull Government has rejected a call to remove the ability of Aboriginal land councils to veto applications for exploration and mining licences.
A parliamentary committee recommended in an October 2017 report that land rights laws be amended to remove the veto.
The red tape committee’s report concluded the economic objectives of land rights laws were not being met because of the five-year power of veto.
But the Federal Government yesterday said in its response to the report it supported the long-standing right of traditional Aboriginal land owners to control Aboriginal land use under the Land Rights Act.
However a, working group involving federal and Northern Territory Government officials and land council representatives will consult peak industry bodies this year on reforming the exploration and mining provisions of the act.
The NT is represented by four land councils, the Northern Land Council, Central Land Council, Anindilyakwa Land Council and Tiwi Land Council.
MAIN PICTURE: Indigenous dancers perform ahead of the annual NAIDOC Week march, bottom left, in Darwin LEFT: Natalie Leysley with her two daughters Ruby Thorne, 6 and Siobhan Thorne, 8