House debates

Thursday, 16 February 2017


Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Bill 2017

9:31 am

Photo of Mr Tony BurkeMr Tony Burke (Watson, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Finance) Share this | Hansard source

I seek leave to move the following motion:

That the House:

(1) notes that:

  (a) yesterday, the Government introduced legislation amending the Native Title Act;

  (b) the Government has had six months notice that legislation of this type might be required and has taken no action until this week; and

  (c) the Leader of the House has given notice of his intention to force this bill through all stages of debate before 2 pm today;

(2) affirms the effect of the Government's approach means that Members of the House will be compelled to vote on a change to the Native Title Act without having had a chance to conduct any consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;

(3) condemns the Prime Minister for condoning a failure to consult with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the same week where he quoted the words of Chris Sarra "Do things with us, not to us"; and

(4) calls on the Government to abandon this approach and allow time for proper consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Leave not granted.


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