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REVIEWS NATIVE TITLE AGENCY ARRANGEMENTS
Premier and Trade, Peter Beattie
Premier Peter Beattie today announced a review of the internal
arrangements for management of native title in Queensland.
"Native title is vital to delivering clarity and equity to
resources management in the State and I want to ensure that we have
effective structure within my administration for the management
title," Mr Beattie said.
"It is essential that native title processes are integrated
to the maximum
possible extent throughout Government so that dealings with Government
consistent and transparent.
"For the past few years, native title has been dealt with
in the Department
of Premier and Cabinet but I now want to examine whether that is
structure for the future."
The Minister for Natural Resources and Mines has the major carriage
and resources management in the State, so his Department would be
as a possible location for the native title unit to deal with the
issues of land tenure in an integrated manner.
"I'm determined to maintain Queensland's leading role in reaching
and resolving native title claims, so it's important to see if there
more effective ways of organising Government resources," Mr
Over the next few months, relevant Ministers and Departmental officials
consult within Government and with major stakeholder groups to suggest
responsibilities and structures that would be best suited to the
requirements of native title in the State.
The review team has been asked to report back to the Premier in
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