NATIONAL: CONGRATULATIONS to the producers of this brand new publication which, given the experience and intellect of its authors, will help shine a considered spotlight on Aboriginal issues. The NSW Aboriginal Land Council represents 119 Local Aboriginal Land Councils, and as such, I know how important my relationship with them is.
I am very grateful for their professionalism, their ability to consult quickly and effectively with their membership and the detailed analyses they provide me about a whole range of complex issues. Land is one of the greatest assets that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have and the battle for land rights has been hard-fought.
I believe we are now entering a new phase of land rights battles, and that is about ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the same rights over the future use, development and protection of their land as other Australians.
I look forward to continuing to work with Aboriginal Australians to ensure their cultural authority is restored or maintained across all aspects of Australian life, and that they are able to access and use their land as they see fit.
Senator Nigel Scullion
Shadow Minister for Indigenous affairs
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