Reforms announced to improve resolution of Native Title Claims

Commonwealth Attorney-General Philip Ruddock has announced details of the Government's reforms to improve the resolution of native title claims.

Mr Ruddock said the reforms are aimed at promoting "better communication and coordination" between the Federal Court and the NNTT, which would facilitate "more timely resolution" of claims.

Reforms give NNTT powers to effectively mediate native title

The reforms include giving the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT) additional powers to more effectively mediate native title matters.

Mr Ruddock said the move arises out of the Government's response to the "Native Title Claims Resolution Review", an independent review conducted by Mr Graham Hiley QC and Dr Ken Levy into the process of resolving native title claims.

"The Government has accepted the majority of the recommendations made in the review," Mr Ruddock said. "These changes will enable the Court and the NNTT to work together to more effectively resolve native title claims."

According to Mr Ruddock, amendments to the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) arising from the Review are likely to be introduced later this year, along with legislation which will give effect to other elements of the reforms.

22 August, 2006

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