Senate debates

Monday, 11 September 2023


Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; Reference

6:44 pm

Photo of Tim AyresTim Ayres (NSW, Australian Labor Party, Assistant Minister for Trade) Share this | Hansard source

It's clear when you listen to Senator Cash's contribution. She said, 'If we are going to have native title.' See, this strand of thinking about native title has been there all the way through. At every juncture where questions around native title have been raised in this place, people in the coalition are steadfastly opposed. Look at what happened around the Mabo decision, at the utter disgrace of leaders of the Liberal and National parties holding up maps, trying to frighten ordinary Australians with the idea that somehow their backyard was going to be subject to claims. In the Wik claim, there was exactly the same kind of utterly reprehensible behaviour. Why did they do that? Because they were trying to secure—

Senator Rennick interjecting—


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