Politics

Jun 28, 2007

Howard’s land grab: The (d)evil is in the permit detail

There are two parts to Howard’s land grab. The first is the compulsory acquisition of the 64 ‘major Aboriginal communities’ spread across the NT , the second is the changes to the permits system under the Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) Act. Neither ‘initiative’ will do anything about Aboriginal child abuse in the NT. Both measures will ring the death knell for Aboriginal land rights, writes Bob Gosford.

Pat Turner is a widely respected Arrente woman renowned as a straight talker. Speaking on behalf of her countrymen and women, she was certainly talking straight when she described Howard's coup as nothing more than "a land grab".

"We believe that this Government is using child s-xual abuse as the Trojan horse to resume total control of our land," she told reporters. "No compensation will ever, ever replace our land-ownership rights."

There are two parts to Howard’s land grab. The first is the compulsory acquisition of the 64 "major Aboriginal communities" spread across the NT , the second the changes to the permits system under the Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) Act.

Neither "initiative" will do anything about Aboriginal child abuse in the NT. Both measures will ring the death knell for Aboriginal land rights.

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