Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981

Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981

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Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981

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The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act, 1981 grants certain land and other rights to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara people in South Australia.

The Act began its life as the Pitjantjatjara Land Rights Act and commenced operation on 2 October 1981. Symbolically, the Act came into force on the one year anniversary of the date when Premier Tonkin and the Chairman of thePitjantjatjara Council, Mr Kawaki Thompson, signed their agreement to a PitjantjatjaraLand Rights Bill.


The Hon Robert Lawson QC MLC provides the following history to the Act:

<blockquote>In 1976, an activist group, the Pitjantjatjara Council ('the Pit Council') was formed to lobby for land rights for the Pitjantjatjara people across South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Premier Dunstan established a Working Party to investigate the feasibility of a separate lands trust to cover the North-West Reserve.</blockquote>

<blockquote>'Helped by their solicitors', the Pit Council concluded that they should 'avoid imposing an alien notion like trusteeship': . The solution was vesting title in a new entity of which all Pitjatjantjara people would be members. It appears that the aboriginal people had been convinced that they needed the 'fee simple' to their lands. They wanted something superior to the communal title arrangements which had been granted by the Fraser government under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act, 1976 (the...
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