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Question Without Notice No. 709 asked in the Legislative Council on 25 June 2020 by Hon Robin Scott

Minister responding: Hon B.S. Wyatt
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 25 June 2020

NATIVE TITLE — GNARALOO STATION

709. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Minister for Lands:

I refer to recent media reports which suggest that the government has failed to uphold its end of an agreement with the pastoralist on Gnaraloo station.

(1) Does the minister concede that if native title over the area was extinguished, the agreement would be easier for the government to comply with?

(2) Will the minister agree to meet with the pastoralist in person in order to discuss the matter?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following answer has been provided to me by the Minister for Lands.

(1) The state government's commitments under the 2004 pastoral exclusion agreement with the lessee of Gnaraloo station do not require the extinguishment of native title. The state has reached agreement with the Nganhurra Thanardi Garrbu Aboriginal Corporation, the native title holder, for two Indigenous land use agreements to enable the grant of tenure on the basis that native title is not extinguished.

(2) A meeting would not be appropriate at this stage, as the pastoralist has a current application before the Federal Court involving the minister.