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Payments in respect of mining under Acts

             (1)  Where, by virtue of a Proclamation under section 48C, the Atomic Energy Act 1953 or any other Act authorising mining for minerals applies, in the manner referred to in that section, in respect of any Aboriginal land, that Act shall not be taken to authorise a person to enter or remain, or do any act, on that land unless the Commonwealth has entered into an agreement under seal with the relevant Land Council for the acceptance by the Commonwealth of such terms and conditions as are provided for in the agreement, including terms and conditions relating to the payment to the Land Council by the Commonwealth of an amount or amounts specified in, or ascertained in accordance with, the agreement.

             (2)  An agreement under subsection (1) may make provision for the distribution of any money paid to the Land Council under the agreement to or for the benefit of such groups of Aboriginals as are specified in the agreement.

             (3)  Where a Land Council, in entering into an agreement under subsection (1), fails to comply with subsection 23(3) in respect of Aboriginal land to which the agreement relates, that failure does not invalidate the entry by the Land Council into the agreement.

             (4)  A payment by the Commonwealth under an agreement under this section shall be made out of money appropriated by the Parliament for the purpose.

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