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A Bill for an Act to amend the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976, and for other purposes
Administered by: Prime Minister and Cabinet
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Registered 25 Jun 2015
Introduced HR 24 Jun 2015
Table of contents.

2013‑2014‑2015

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill 2015

 

No.      , 2015

 

(Indigenous Affairs)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976, and for other purposes

  

  


Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Schedules............................................................................................ 2

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                3

Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976                                       3

 

 


A Bill for an Act to amend the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976, and for other purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Act 2015.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedule 1

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3  Schedules

                   Legislation that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.

Schedule 1Amendments

  

Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976

1  Division 2 of Part IIA (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Division 2Functions of the Executive Director etc.

2  After paragraph 20C(ad)

Insert:

                    (ae)  to administer subleases acquired by the Commonwealth under subsection 20CB(2), including administering other rights and interests derived from such subleases, in accordance with their terms and conditions; and

3  Section 20CA (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

20CA  Executive Director to hold leases and subleases on behalf of the Commonwealth

4  At the end of subsection 20CA(1)

Add:

               ; or (e)  the proprietor of a lease of Aboriginal land is considering granting a sublease of some or all of the land.

5  After subsection 20CA(4)

Insert:

          (4A)  To avoid doubt, for the purposes of paragraph (1)(e), the proprietor may be the Director of National Parks (within the meaning of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999).

          (4B)  To avoid doubt, for the purposes of paragraph (1)(e), the lease may be a lease granted under section 19A.

6  At the end of Division 2 of Part IIA

Add:

20CB  Transfer of subleases

             (1)  If the Executive Director holds a sublease of some or all of a parcel of Aboriginal land on behalf of the Commonwealth, the Executive Director may, on behalf of the Commonwealth, transfer the sublease to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation, so long as the transfer is in accordance with the terms and conditions of the sublease.

             (2)  If:

                     (a)  an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation holds a sublease of some or all of a parcel of Aboriginal land; and

                     (b)  the sublease was transferred to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation under subsection (1);

the Executive Director may, on behalf of the Commonwealth, acquire the sublease by way of transfer from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation, so long as the transfer is in accordance with the terms and conditions of the sublease.

7  Division 6 of Part IIA (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Division 6Effect on other laws in relation to certain leases or subleases held by Executive Director

8  After subsection 20S(2)

Insert:

          (2A)  The Commonwealth is authorised to acquire a sublease in accordance with subsection 20CB(2).

9  After subsection 20S(3)

Insert:

          (3A)  The Commonwealth is authorised to transfer a sublease in accordance with subsection 20CB(1).

10  At the end of section 20S

Add:

             (6)  If a sublease was acquired by the Commonwealth under subsection 20CB(2), the Commonwealth is authorised to grant a right or interest in relation to the sublease in accordance with the terms and conditions of the sublease.

11  Section 20SA (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

20SA  Modification of certain NT laws in relation to leases or subleases held by Executive Director

12  At the end of subsection 20SA(1)

Add:

               ; or (c)  the transfer of a sublease to the Commonwealth under subsection 20CB(2).

13  At the end of subsection 20SA(2)

Add “or transfer, as the case may be”.

14  Subsection 20SA(3)

After “grant”, insert “, or the instrument of transfer, as the case may be,”.

15  At the end of subsection 20SA(4)

Add “of the lease or sublease, or the transfer of the sublease, as the case may be”.

16  Section 20SB (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

20SB  Modification of certain NT laws in relation to land the subject of leases or subleases held by Executive Director

17  At the end of subsection 20SB(1)

Add:

               ; or (c)  a sublease acquired by the Commonwealth under subsection 20CB(2).

18  After paragraph 64(4A)(ad)

Insert:

                    (ae)  the acquiring of a sublease by an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation by way of transfer under subsection 20CB(1); or

                    (af)  the administering of a sublease covered by paragraph (ae) if an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation holds the sublease; or

                    (ag)  the acquiring of a sublease by the Commonwealth by way of transfer under subsection 20CB(2); or

                   (ah)  the administering of a sublease covered by paragraph (ag) if the Executive Director holds the sublease on behalf of the Commonwealth; or

19  Part 4 of Schedule 1 (after the item relating to Rockhampton Downs)

Insert:

SIMPSON DESERT

All that parcel of land being Northern Territory Portion 4208 delineated on Survey Plan S.2010/156 lodged with the Surveyor‑General, Darwin, and containing an area of approximately 110,000 hectares.

20  At the end of Part 4 of Schedule 1

Add:

WICKHAM RIVER

All that parcel of land being Northern Territory Portion 7236 delineated on Survey Plans S.2013/177A to F inclusive lodged with the Surveyor‑General, Darwin, and containing an area of approximately 50,310 hectares.