Monday, 14 September 2009
Native Title Amendment Bill 2009
In relation to the last issue, Senator Siewert, I do not think I can add anything further to the answer I gave. Historically, these reviews have been done quadrennially—every four years. Given the fact that last year that resulted in additional funding, we anticipate that a further review will occur, but its timing has not yet been determined. I am not sure I can add anything further to that.
In relation to monitoring the impact of changes, which I think you were also alluding to, I did indicate in my summing up—I think in response to points made by Senator Xenophon—that we hold the Native Title Consultative Forum three times a year. This is a forum which brings together stakeholders in the system. Obviously, the government will receive feedback about the operation of the system through that process as well as through the Attorney-General’s process of engagement with different stakeholders in the system.