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Australia: Farmers and Miners WillFace Drastic Changes
Source: http://www.skynews.com.au
Source Date: Monday, March 13, 2017
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs
Country: Australia
Created: Mar 17, 2017

Farmers, miners and indigenous groups will have their say on the federal government's proposed changes to Australia's native title laws on Monday.A Senate committee will host a hearing in Brisbane as part of an inquiry into legislation expedited through parliament's lower house in February.The bill aims to reverse a recent Federal Court ruling that effectively allows a single claimant to prevent a land use agreement from being registered.It's believed the ruling has invalidated up to 150 existing agreements, including some around agricultural and mining ventures.Labor and the Greens have slammed the government for failing to consult over the changes, which they say could have significant implications.But the peak body representing the native title sector has urged parliament to support the speedy passage of the bill.The Minerals Council of Australia, Queensland Resources Council, National Farmers' Federation, National Native Title Council and Attorney-General's Department are also scheduled to appear at Monday's hearing.The committee will report back on Friday, ahead of parliament's return on Monday.

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