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ABORIGINAL LAND RIGHTS (NORTHERN TERRITORY) ACT 1976 - SECT 15

Payments in respect of occupation of land by the Crown etc.

             (1)  Subject to subsection (1A), if an occupation or use of Aboriginal land to which section 14 applies is for a purpose that is not a community purpose, the Crown shall pay to the Land Council for the area in which the land is situated amounts in the nature of rent for that occupation or use at such rate as is fixed by the Minister having regard to the economic value of the land.

          (1A)  If the land referred to in subsection (1) is part of land that is leased to an approved entity under section 19A, the Crown must pay to the approved entity the amounts referred to in subsection (1) of this section (instead of paying the amounts to the Land Council concerned).

             (2)  For the purposes of subsection (1):

                     (a)  an occupation or use of land by the Crown for forestry purposes shall be deemed to be an occupation or use for a purpose that is not a community purpose; and

                     (b)  the economic value of land shall not include the value of any royalties that are, or may be, payable in connexion with forestry operations on the land.



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