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Senator Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment
10 April 1996
The Commonwealth Government recognises the difficulties and legal uncertainties that the Queensland Government faces in relation to its involvement in the Section 21 native title aspects of the Cape York Heads of Agreement.
The Commonwealth does, however, still remain committed to the Cape York agreement process in accordance with the statement made by the Prime Minister in the lead up to the last election.
We believe that the concept of stakeholders joining together voluntarily to resolve land use issues is a positive development and may be an approach suitable for resolving land use issues in other parts of Australia.
We propose to continue to work with the stakeholders and the Queensland Government to progress the agreement and in relation to that process, we look forward to the completion of Cyplus Stage 2.
I have arranged for my department's officials to enter into discussions with the Queensland Government to ascertain how best the two governments can proceed from this point forward.
For further information, contact: Matt Brown, 06 277 7640; 0419 693 515