Fo­cus on tra­di­tional own­ers

The Cairns Post - - NEWS -

AN in­quiry into the eco­nomic in­de­pen­dence of tra­di­tional land own­ers has started.

The Joint Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on North­ern Aus­tralia will run the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Op­por­tu­ni­ties and Chal­lenges of the En­gage­ment of Tra­di­tional Own­ers in the Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment of North­ern Aus­tralia.

A sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of North­ern Aus­tralia is sub­ject to na­tive ti­tle claim or de­ter­mi­na­tion. The Com­mit­tee’s 2014 re­port, Pivot North: In­quiry into the Devel­op­ment of North­ern Aus­tralia, iden­ti­fied cur­rent land ten­ure ar­range­ments and na­tive ti­tle pro­cesses as a bar­rier to eco­nomic and so­cial devel­op­ment of North­ern Aus­tralia.

Com­mit­tee chair­man Le­ich­hardt MP War­ren Entsch said “en­abling tra­di­tional own­ers to pur­sue eco­nomic devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties on their land will sup­port sus­tain­able eco­nomic growth in North­ern Aus­tralia, and cre­ate much­needed em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in re­mote ar­eas”.

Sub­mis­sions are in­vited by Fe­bru­ary 28, 2019. The pre­ferred method of re­ceiv­ing sub­mis­sions is lodged on­line us­ing a My Par­lia­ment ac­count. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the com­mit­tee’s in­quiry, in­clud­ing the full terms of ref­er­ence and de­tails on how to lodge a sub­mis­sion are avail­able at www.aph.gov.au

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