Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW) 2012 Review

Preamble of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW)

In presenting the proposed ALRA to parliament on March 24, 1983, the then Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Frank Walker stated that, Land rights means the recognition of the prior ownership of this State of New South Wales by Aborigines..., a theme predominant in the submissions of all Aboriginal organisations.

Minister Frank Walker asserted that the government had made, a clear, unequivocal decision that land rights for Aborigines is the most fundamental initiative to be taken for the regeneration of Aboriginal culture and dignity, and at the same time laying the basis for a self-reliant and more secure economic future for our continent's Aboriginal custodians.

The preamble of the ALRA states:

(1) Land in the State of New South Wales was traditionally owned and occupied by Aborigines:

(2) Land is of spiritual, social, cultural and economic importance to Aborigines:

(3) It is fitting to acknowledge the importance which land has for Aborigines and the need of Aborigines for land:

(4) It is accepted that as a result of past Government decisions the amount of land set aside for Aborigines has been progressively reduced without compensation.