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Financial assistance in respect of legal representation in closure of seas applications

             (1)  Where, in accordance with a law of the Northern Territory of a kind referred to in paragraph 73(1)(d):

                     (a)  an application is made to the Administrator of the Northern Territory with respect to the regulation or prohibition of the entry of persons into, or the control of fishing or other activities in, waters of the sea, including waters of the territorial sea of Australia, adjoining, and within 2 kilometres of, Aboriginal land;

                     (b)  a matter to which that application relates is referred by the Administrator of the Northern Territory to a Commissioner for inquiry and report; and

                     (c)  a person (not being a person by whom, or on whose behalf, the application referred to in paragraph (a) has been made) or an unincorporated association of persons wishes to be, or is, legally represented at the inquiry held by the Commissioner into the matter so referred to him or her;

that person or association may apply to the Attorney-General for the provision of assistance under this section in respect of the costs of such representation at that inquiry.

             (2)  Where a person or association makes application to the Attorney-General in accordance with subsection (1), the provisions of subsections 54C(2) and (3) apply to and in relation to the application so made as if it were an application made by that person or association under and in accordance with the provisions of subsection 54C(1).

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