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NLC welcomes Kenbi progress

Posted: Fri, November 25, 2011

Northern Land Council Chief Executive Officer Mr Kim Hill said the passing of the Kenbi Land Trust Bill 2011 through Northern Territory parliament last night represented another positive step towards settling Australia’s longest-running Aboriginal land claim.

Mr Hill said this legislation would allow all parties to continue negotiations and thanked the Chief
Minister Paul Henderson and his Cabinet for their good-will approach to finalising the land claim.

“The Larrakia peoples have been fighting for more than 30 years for recognition of their land rights and
last night their dreams moved a step closer to becoming reality,” he said.

“The passing of this bill was another small step towards settling a land claim which will allow for the
expansion of Darwin and the Cox Peninsula, driving economic development for decades to come.”

Mr Hill also took a swipe at renegade Country Liberals member Dave Tollner, who last night refused
to support the Bill.

“Dave Tollner doesn’t think this is an urgent matter, but he and his Country Liberals predecessors have
always been vehemently opposed to the Kenbi Land Claim and land rights in general,” he said.

“It comes as absolutely no surprise to see Dave Tollner doing his utmost to further delay the Kenbi
Land Claim.

“The Larrakia peoples deserve better than to be used as a political football.”

For a PDF version of the media release, click below:

http://www.nlc.org.au/files/various/NLC_statement_Kenbi_Land_Trust_Bill_2011.pdf