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Duty of Land Council to attempt conciliation of disputes

             (1)  This section applies to:

                     (a)  Aboriginals;

                     (b)  Land Trusts; and

                     (c)  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations and any other incorporated Aboriginal groups.

             (2)  Where a Land Council is informed that there is, or there may arise, a dispute with respect to land in the area of the Council between persons to whom this section applies, the Land Council shall use its best endeavours by way of conciliation for the settlement or prevention, as the case may be, of that dispute.

             (3)  Where proceedings are commenced before a court with respect to a dispute of a kind referred to in subsection (2), the judge or magistrate constituting the court may, if he or she thinks it appropriate, adjourn the proceedings at any time for the purpose of affording a Land Council the opportunity of undertaking conciliation with a view to the settlement of that dispute.

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