PROCESSING CLAIMS UNDER THE ABORIGINAL LAND RIGHTS ACT 1983 QoN

Ms Barham to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Citizenship and Communities, and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs—

  1. How many claims are currently to be assessed under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983?
    1. Are there performance targets in place for processing claims and transferring legal title?
    2. If so:
      1. What are the targets?
      2. Have these targets been reached?

 

Answer—

  1. Under Section 36 (1) of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983, the responsibility for determining land claims made by Aboriginal Land Councils under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (ALRA) rests with the Minister or Ministers, administering the Crown Lands Act 1989. 
    This question should be referred to the Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services and the Minister for Primary Industries as these matters fall within their portfolio responsibilities.
  2. This question should be referred to the Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services and the Minister for Primary Industries as these matters fall within their portfolio responsibilities.