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The Australian National University

David Pollack

Document: Discussion Paper

The concept of paying Aboriginal people compensation based on royalties was first introduced in the early 1950s. Critical ambiguities now exist in this area of policy with respect to the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (ALRA) and, more recently, to the future acts regime of the Native Title Act 1993 (NTA).

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In July 1997 the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Senator The Hon John Herron, announced that the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 would be reviewed. Senator Herron appointed Mr John Reeves QC to undertake the review. Mr Reeves submitted his report Building on Land Rights for the Next Generation: Report of the Review of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 to the Minister in August 1998.

Document: Discussion Paper

The Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) is a relatively new Commonwealth statutory authority. Although it commenced operations on 5 June 1995, it has only recently started its functional operations of land acquisition and management. However, it is new not only in the sense of its short operational existence, but also in the unique policy mechanisms enshrined in its enabling legislation that aim to provide better outcomes in Indigenous land acquisition and land management.